Philadelphia to fete Danny Garcia

Junior welterweight Danny Garcia claimed a world title by outpointing Mexican legend Erik Morales on March 24 in Houston. Now Garcia will be honored by his hometown of Philadelphia.

Garcia will be recognized at a reception with Philadelphia mayor Michael A. Nutter, councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez and councilman Curtis Jones Jr. on Monday at morning.

"We are proud to call 'Swift' a local hero and role model for our young people," Jones said in a statement. "We need more champions in our communities who are excelling and realizing spectacular achievements like this."

Garcia, born and bred in Philly, knows the city's storied boxing history, which includes being home to great champions such as the late Joe Frazier and light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins, whom Garcia has gotten to know because they share a promoter, Golden Boy.

"I'm proud to be another Philadelphia champion, because this is a tough city," Garcia said. "I'm ready to make a historic mark as a Philadelphia fighter and make my city proud."

Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs), 24, fought off a spirited effort from Morales to claim the 140-pound belt, which had been vacated the previous day because Morales failed to make weight.

Garcia's next fight isn't set yet, but he owes a mandatory title defense to Ajose Olusegun (30-0, 14 KOs).