By Cameron Buford

Whatsgoodinsports.com

Last Saturday night, Philadelphia’s legend (37-3, 21 KOs) Danny Garcia walked to the ring at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for the ninth time in his career. After taking some time off from the ring, Garcia came back to fight (27-2-1, 18 KOs) Jose Benavidez Jr. After his comeback win against Benavidez, Garcia moved to 7-2 at the Barclay’s Center after his comeback.

We rarely hear the honesty from athletes that Garcia showed in his post-fight press conference after his decision over Benavidez. Garcia opened up in the ring with Jim Gray Garcia after the fight about his mental issues stating;  

“I did take a break going through mental things, things went dark, I went through anxiety, deep depression, just trying to be strong,” said an emotional Garcia. “It was the pressure of life, being a good dad, just letting it out right now, because it was all stuck inside. It rained on me for a year and a half and the only way to do better was to fight again. I’m a fighter. If you battle anxiety and depression, you can get out of it, that’s what I did today. I fought.”

The bigger Benavidez won the early rounds and may have gotten too comfortable as he allowed Garcia to get back in the fight when he started clowning around in the ring. Taunting and making faces at Danny, essentially giving Garcia a target. Garcia’s consistency kept him in the fight.

Two-division world champion at 147 and 140 pounds, Danny “Swift” Garcia, completely outclassed Benavidez in his super welterweight debut. Widley known as a counter puncher, Garcia showed he could go on the attack as he utilized his superior hand and foot speed to land a career-high of 153 body shots per Compu Box.

Garcia finished the fight with a 31 percent connect rate compared to Benavidez’s 20 percent and ended the night with a 233 to 117 edge in punches landed after 12 rounds. Garcia credited his father and trainer, Angel Garcia, for staying by his side throughout his battle with anxiety and depression. 

Danny Garcia (right) landing a big push against Jose Benavidez Jr. (right) Saturday night at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in New York. (Photo: Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions)

“Angel was there with me the whole way,” a euphoric Garcia said. “I’m nothing without this man. I thank him every day. People ask me all the time, why do I fight? I make a lot of money. Why does Warren Buffett still make money? I’m a fighter. This is what I do, what I love to do.”

“I’d like the rematch with Keith Thurman, he took my ‘0,’” a confident Garcia said after his win. “I’ll also take [WBA Middleweight Champion] Erislandy Lara for the middleweight title at 154 pounds.”

I could understand a fight rematch with Keith Thurman, though Garcia may be asking a lot to fight for a championship. I don’t think he was a hard puncher at 147 lbs. I would suspect his punches has even less effect at 154 lbs. Who would you like to see Danny Garcia fight next? Is he still deserving of a championship fight? Let us know your thoughts on Garcia’s championship potential by reaching out to us on Twitter @_voiceofthefans, or email me at voiceofthefans@outlook.com.