Two-division world champion Danny Garcia has been one of the most significant figures in Barclays Center’s boxing history. Garcia headlined BROOKLYN BOXING’S inaugural fight card in 2012 and has headlined six fight nights at Barclays Center, more than any other boxer. In his most recent fight at Barclays Center, he and Keith Thurman brought in a BROOKLYN BOXING record 16,533 fans for their world welterweight championship unification bout in the highest-grossing non-Nets event in the building’s history. On Saturday night, Garcia held a meet & greet signing session for fans during the Broner vs. Vargas fight card, and spoke with BrooklynBoxing.com:
BROOKLYNBOXING.COM: What brought you up to Brooklyn for tonight’s meet & greet?
DANNY GARCIA: I’ve got to show a lot to my fans in Brooklyn. We just had a meet and greet with the fans, brought some merch for the fans they can buy directly off me. Most important we’re just showing love, signing autographs, and then I’m here to watch the fights.
BKBOX: You’ve fought six times at Barclays Center. Is this building a home for you as a fighter?
DG: This is definitely my home for boxing. I had some big fights, some big defenses. I think I hold the record 16,500! So it’s definitely home.
BKBOX: You’ve done some broadcasting as a fight commentator. How did you get started with that and are you enjoying that work?
DG: It was good. It was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. I enjoyed it. It was definitely something I’d like to keep doing, something for after boxing. It was cool.
BKBOX: The Philadelphia 76ers are in the playoffs and you were at one of their recent games. As a Philadelphia native, are you a big fan off all the teams there?
DG: I’m a Philly team fan. But definitely, Sixers, Eagles the most. I’m a Sixers guy until I die. It’s a process. Just like anything, you’ve got to build somebody up. But I trust the process. This is going to be a great year for us. We can definitely do it. We’ve got the squad. I’m sitting back and I’m enjoying every moment of it.
BKBOX: Were you surprised the Eagles won the Super Bowl, considering the expectations before the season and then the Carson Wentz injury?
DG: That was a dream come true for me. I always thought, would I ever live to see the Eagles win a Super Bowl, and they did it. I was happy. It was a dream come true for me. I was scared, I’m not going to lie, but certain players are just built for certain moments and Nick Foles was built for that moment. He might not be a good regular season quarterback to get you 12 or 13 wins, but he got us the most important wins.
BKBOX: How did you feel about your most recent fight against Brandon Rios, a ninth-round TKO in Feburary?
DG: I felt good. It was a great performance by me. I went in there, took it one round at a time, I knocked him out in the ninth round. I did what I said I was going to do.
BKBOX: Since that fight, what are you up to now and what are you looking forward to next?
DG: Right now, I’m just relaxing. But I’m still mentally ready to fight whoever. So whenever that phone rights and they say, 'Danny, you’ve got to fight him,' it’s on.
This interview has been edited and condensed.