WATCH: Boxer Danny Garcia trolls 'cherry-picking' critics
MANILA, Philippines - Junior welterweight world champion Danny Garcia responded to critics that he has been "cherry-picking" his opposition - by posting a video of himself eating cherries.
Garcia (29-0, 17 knockouts) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and his father/trainer Angel Garcia addressed claims that the 27-year-old was ducking the tough challenges of the 140-pound division, eating a cherry for each of his recent challengers.
Angel Garcia isn't taking offense to any of the backlash from fans, which includes flooding Danny Garcia's Instagram with pictures of cherries.
"Your hate is your fame," says Angel Garcia.
Garcia next faces IBF titleholder Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on April 11, but neither's titles will be on the line as it will be fought at a catchweight of 143 pounds.
Garcia's career took off stongly with his 2012 win over Erik Morales to take the WBC junior welterweight title. He then upset Amir Khan by fourth round knockout to annex the WBA title before knocking out Morales in a rematch.
But after defeating Zab Judah and Lucas Matthysse in 2013, Garcia's 2014 was essentially a waste. He won a majority decision over Mauricio Herrera in March of 2014 that some felt he lost before knocking out no-hoper Rod Salka in a two-round non-title fight - non-title because Salka wasn't ranked highly enough.
"That was an easy $2 million," Danny Garcia said as he ate two cherries.
No one will accuse Garcia of cherry-picking Peterson however as Peterson is rated no. 2 at junior welterweight, behind only champion Garcia and no. 1 contender Matthysse.
Danny Garcia thanked his detractors for looking out for his health, writing: "Did you know cherries can help regulate blood pressure, fight fat and could even help prevent cancer?"