Philadelphia-native and two-division world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia understands exactly what it means to be an underdog and pull off the upset. It has led to the Philly funkster defeating a slew of champions in his career. Despite his flashy exterior, that Philly grit and blue collar persona is what defines him as boxer and has allowed him to reach the top of the boxing game.
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Just like Garcia triumphed over Amir Khan and Lucas Matthysse in two of his greatest wins, Garcia’s hometown Philadelphia Eagles will look to defy the odds this Sunday in Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots. Nobody outside of Philly is giving them much of a chance against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
“When you’re an underdog, it’s all about using that energy and that anger to show the doubters that you can do anything,” said Garcia. “You just have to have that absolute belief in yourself and you can win anything.”
For the fighter who still lives and trains in his hometown, just like so many sports fans in the area, the Eagles winning Super Bowl 52 would be the culmination of childhood dreams.
“I’ve been watching the Eagles since I was a little kid,” said Garcia. “When I was little I moved to a neighborhood where football was really important and that helped me fall in love with the sport.”
Garcia has represented his city throughout a career that has garnered him titles at super lightweight and welterweight, while defeating top fighters such as Lamont Peterson, Zab Judah, Robert Guerrero, Erik Morales and Paulie Malignaggi.
“There’s a toughness to Philly sports fans,” said Garcia, who fought in Philadelphia two fights ago, when he TKO’d Samuel Vargas at the Liacouras Center at Temple University.
“Rocky helped mold that similar image of our people,” said Garcia. “I named my daughter Philly because it means so much to me to represent this city. Everything I do is for Philly. I’ve always dreamed about the Eagles winning the Super Bowl.”
Garcia hopes to be following up an Eagles Super Bowl victory with a win of his own when he takes on former champion Brandon Rios in a welterweight world title eliminator Saturday, February 17 live on SHOWTIME.
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Garcia is looking forward to this month, as he believes it will set the town for a remarkable 2018, not only for himself, but the entire city.
“This is going to be a big month for Philadelphia,” said Garcia, “I think we’re going to beat New England 28-17. I still remember the first Super Bowl against New England like it was yesterday. That loss stuck with me and I know it has for the team and city too. This is our chance for payback.
“I can’t wait to see the Eagles win the Super Bowl and then I’m going to go out to Las Vegas in a couple of weeks, with Philly on my back, to beat Brandon Rios.”