Landing big fights in boxing is a complex, frustrating process that many of the world’s top fighters know all too well – including Shawn Porter.
Porter faces Danny Garcia next month in New York for the vacant WBC welterweight title but it has been a long road these last few years back to a big fight.
Since originally losing his own belt to Kell Brook all the way back in 2014 and then a shot at the WBA title against Keith Thurman in 2014, Porter has had to stay patient.
Recently Porter was linked with a possible fight against WBO welterweight champ Terence Crawford but speaking to a group of US journalists in a media scrum, Porter has compared waiting for the opportunity to fights like Mayweather and Pacquiao:
“Honestly we went through that. When we entertained the fight with Manny Pacquiao, I honestly don’t think I at least said publicly that I want to fight Manny Pacquiao – let’s make the fight happen but we did entertain it and we also understood the railroad tracks in that fight and the same goes with Terence Crawford. Even with Floyd Mayweather. Floyd was 35 or 36-0, all of us young guys were trying to get that fight. We knew it wasn’t going to happen. We knew we wasn’t going to get that fight.”
Porter will face Garcia on September 8th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.