As he prepares to fight for Keith Thurman's old WBC belt, Danny Garcia has taken a swipe at his old rival claiming "his mind is not in the game".
On September 8th, big time boxing heads to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as Garcia meets Shawn Porter, live on BoxNation. The winner will hold the Welterweight Title that Thurman vacated because of injury.
Thurman outpointed Garcia to unify the division on BoxNation screens in March 2017, but had to undergo elbow surgery following his split decision victory. 'One Time' was targeting a summer return but suffered another setback, injuring his left hand.
"I just feel like in the first place he’s out because of me," Garcia said on a media call this week. "I was the one who hurt his arm. I was the one who broke his elbow. But I just feel like he’s not hungry no more.
"A win over Danny Garcia is probably one of the biggest wins you could get in boxing. You know, he got that, he unified the division. I think he reached heights in his career that he always wanted to reach."
"And I think he’s married now, he’s traveling the world, so his mind is not in the game," continued Garcia. "So I don’t think he’s hungry anymore. I think he passed what he wanted to accomplish. I may be wrong, but from what I see, that’s how it seems to me.”
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With Thurman temporarily out of the picture, IBF Champion Errol Spence has emerged as the division's number one, while Terence Crawford recently won the WBO crown after hammering Jeff Horn in Las Vegas.
Since his maiden defeat last year, Garcia bounced back by knocking out Brandon Rios in February. While 'Swift' could unify with stablemate Spence, he isn't ruling out a rematch with Thurman.
"I don’t know. At the end of the day, this sport is about money. Everyone wants to get paid. His fight with me was his biggest career payday, so money talks in this sport. So I can’t put words in no one’s mouth," he added.