DANNY GARCIA BELIEVES he will be recognised as a Puerto Rican great when his career is over.
The WBA and WBC Light-Welterweight champion returns to BoxNation on Saturday, when he meets the 140lb division's IBF title holder, Lamont Peterson in Brooklyn.
Unbeaten Garcia was raised in Philadelphia, but both parents; mother Marissa and father Angel, who is also his trainer, were born in Puerto Rico.
Although he has only boxed professionally on the Caribbean island once, he is reminded of his heritage constantly with his gym wall decorated with Puerto Rican flag.
Garcia, who has won all 29 of his contests said, "I used to love other great Puerto Rican boxers like Felix Trinidad, Miguel Cotto and Hector Camacho.
"I feel like I'm definitely working my way up into the ranks with them and following their footsteps.
"I just want to be confident and humble at the same time. I want the fans to love me because I'm being myself. It's very important for a young champion."
Bizarrely the Barclays Center battle is non-title, although the IBF have told Peterson he will be stripped if he loses.
Peterson is certain that his title won't become vacant and that he will win the battle of the Amir Khan conquerors.
The Washington DC man took a controversial decision over Khan in December 2011, while Garcia stopped the Bolton ace inside four rounds eight months later.
Garcia also impressively beat Lucas Matthysse on points, the Argentinian powerhouse who hammered Peterson in three rounds.
But at this Peterson snapped, "people talk about him beating Matthysse and Matthysse beating me, but anyone who knows about boxing knows that doesn't mean anything.
"We're not worried about Danny's power. A lot of people have asked me about that but I'm not worried.
"Danny had a split decision with Kendall Holt, who I knocked out. No one seems to mention that.
"I don't think they're taking me lightly. At the end of the day, Garcia knows this is a fight and he knows he hasn't fought anyone like me. I'm expecting a big victory Saturday night."
Garcia, 27, warned, "when he's feeling these two bombs on his face he's going to forget about his skill."
The fight has the promise to be a Fight of the Year candidate and one worth watching in the small hours.