"I'm Puerto Rican, I was raised in Philadelphia, so I have the best of both worlds," Garcia said. "I have the Puerto Rico power and the Philadelphia toughness and Philadelphia skills."
After Garcia (27-0, 16 knockouts) defended his titles in September, he told his promoter he wanted his next fight to be in Philadelphia or Puerto Rico. He said he deserved a "home fight" because he has spent most of his career fighting in opponents' backyards.
Garcia plans to fight three times this year and is not sure whether this will be his last light-welterweight bout. He's still a candidate to meet Floyd Mayweather in the next 15 months. But Garcia's not focused on the world's highest-grossing athlete.
"I never call anyone out," Garcia said. "I stay in my own lane. I work hard. And whoever they put in front of me, I guess that's who gets beat up that day."
But what would happen if he met Mayweather?
"The shoulder roll was created in Philly," said Garcia, referencing Mayweather's defensive technique. "I've been fighting people that roll their shoulders since I was a little kid."
Angel Garcia, wearing a pair of designer sunglasses and a sweatshirt with his son's signature on the back, arrived at the gym just after the champ finished his afternoon workout. The trainer was cool and at ease a little more than two weeks from his son's fight.
Angel Garcia said he wants to "keep it humble" and have the attention stay on the champ, instead of something said by the champ's father.
A reporter then asked for his reaction to Herrera (20-3, 7 KOs), saying that Angel Garcia was begging Puerto Rico to accept his son.
"He should be happy we're buying him a house," Angel Garcia said. "He can go to the bank on March 16 and buy a nice house in cash."
The champ's in great shape, and the champ's father still has his gab. And that combination has a perfect record.