Khan vs. Garcia Final Press Conference Should Add Hype to Unification Bout

Mick AkersAnalyst IJuly 12, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 12:  Amir Khan's  strength and conditioning coach Ruben Tabares places his arm between boxers Amir Khan (L) and Danny Garcia during the final news conference at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on July 12, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two fighters will battle for the WBC super lightweight world championship on July 14 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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If there wasn't enough hype surrounding the Amir Khan vs. Danny Garcia junior welterweight unification bout, the buzz should begin to grow after a spirited final press conference that went down Thursday in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The fighters themselves didn't get the hype train rolling, instead Garcia's father and trainer, Angel Garcia, gave a intense speech and called out Khan in the process.

Angel said, "Khan, listen. He is a superstar, but that's all he got's. Honestly. If he would have won the silver medal in America, they would have looked at you like, you didn't win gold."

After belittling Khan's silver medal performance in the 2004 Olympics, Angel went on to let Khan know that Danny was going to continue his undefeated ways.

"This fight right here is going to show the world, it's going to show the world who's the boss, Danny's the boss... you can laugh all you want, but you're going to be crying July 14th, that goes to you right there," (pointing to Khan's entourage.)

Khan's trainer, Freddie Roach, took the stage shortly after and threw a slight jab at the overzealous Angel Garcia.

"We had a great training camp, we are ready for this fight. We had a little switch in gears from opponents, but no major setbacks. We had a great training camp and you're going to see the best Amir Khan yet. Danny I wish you luck and your dad, I'm not so sure of," Roach said.

Building off what his father started, Danny took to the stage and thew his own verbal jabs at Khan shortly after.

Garcia explained: "I just want to say one thing. My dad has talked s---23 times, against 23 opponents and I backed it up 23 times. Come Saturday, he talked s--- 24 times, and I will back it up 24 times."

Not taking it kindly to Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) and his camps words, Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) took the stage in his own defense and gave the world a guarantee that is very unlike the WBA champ.

"I can promise you, promise you and I have never done this. I will knock Danny Garcia out, I will take the world titles home," Khan exclaimed.

After the fight, the stare down ensued, to where the two fighters and their camps exchanged trash talk and the elder Garcia continued his antics, much to the enjoyment of the crowd.

With Khan guaranteeing a KO victory and Garcia's camp uttering disrespect for Khan's camp, the fight on Saturday will be an event boxing fans can't miss. The action should be plentiful and a new unified junior welterweight champ will be crowned.

Mick Akers is a Boxing Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand via press conference.