Philly’s Latest Boxing Champ Danny Garcia Honored At City Hall; Has His Sights On Mayweather, Pacquiao Fight

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by RORY McGLASSON

Could Philadelphia’s latest world boxing champion be set for superstardom?

Danny “Swift” García seems to think so.

The current WBC Light Welterweight Champion was presented a city citation at a special ceremony hosted by Mayor Michael Nutter, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. and Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez today.

During the presentation ceremony, Garcia told family and supporters he has his heart set on a fight with either Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao.

“I might raise my weight seven pounds so I can fight either Mayweather or Pacquiao,” said Garcia.

“I’m proud to be another Philadelphia champion, because this is a tough city. I’m ready to make a historic mark as a Philadelphia fighter and make my city proud.”

Garcia, 24, was born and raised in North-Philadelphia to Puerto Rican immigrants. The fighter is another success story from Philadelphia’s Harrowgate Boxing Club. Garcia started training at the legendary Philadelphia boxing gym at ten years old.

“The Puerto Rican-Latino community everywhere is extremely proud of Swift’s accomplishments and in the 7th District we are overjoyed with his commitment to young people and his city,”said Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez.

“We are proud to call ‘Swift’ a local hero and role model for our young people,” said Councilman Jones. “We need more champions in our communities who are excelling and realizing in spectacular achievements like this.”

Garcia defeated Mexican Erik Morales on March, 24, 2012 in Houston, Texas to win the WBC Light Welterweight title.

Holding his WBC belt, Garcia (23-0) told family and supporters inside the mayor reception room, he plans on defending his title before raising his weight for a potential big pay-day bout with either Mayweather or Pacquiao.

“We are extremely proud of Danny’s accomplishments at such a young age,” said Oscar de la Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, Garcia’s boxing promotional company. “We know he is going to keep improving and continue to make the great city of Philadelphia and Golden Boy very proud.”

After the ceremony, Councilwoman Sanchez and Councilman Jones hosted Garcia and his family at a luncheon inside the Alex Bonavitacola Law Library at City Hall.

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