The white Camaro pulled into its parking spot Wednesday afternoon with a pair of miniature boxing gloves dangling from the rearview mirror.

With "Danny" stenciled onto the black pavement, there was no doubt who was behind the wheel.

Danny Garcia, Juniata Park's light-welterweight champion of the world, has long bid farewell to "Squeaky."

The old burgundy minivan made so much noise, his brother Eric said, the whole neighborhood knew the Garcia family was rolling through.

"I've come a long way," Danny Garcia said.

And on Sept. 14, Garcia (26-0, 16 KOs) will try to take his career to the next level when he meets Argentina's Lucas Matthysse at Las Vegas' MGM Grand. It is the featured bout on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Canelo Alvarez main event.

Garcia's 12-rounder will produce a clear top fighter at 140 pounds, a weight class that Garcia has dominated with his speed and left hook. Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs) has won his last five fights by stoppage, none more dominant than May's technical knockout of Lamont Peterson.

It will take more than power, Garcia said. He said he has to fight smart, take away Matthysse's strength. and make him miss.

"I was born for this," Garcia said. "I was born to perform on a high level. It's nothing to me. It's just another day, another fight."

Wearing a T-shirt and cut-off shorts, Garcia stepped out of his luxury sports car and entered what he said is home.

He moved his training to his own gym after beating Zab Judah in April. The 6,000 square-foot DSG Gym on Jasper Street near Castor features a gym, barbershop, recording studio, and car detailer.

A large mural of Garcia and other Puerto Rican fighters watches over the black, padded ring. The ropes are not held together by tape and the punching bags have yet to fade.

It is far less gritty than the second floor of the Harrowgate Gym, where Garcia used to train. But the 25-year-old said there's no way it has turned him soft.

"It's a boxing gym," Garcia said. "It feels like a boxing gym to me, and I love it."

A win over Matthysse will likely make Garcia the top challenger to either Mayweather or Alvarez.

He would need to add a little more than 10 pounds to meet the sport's top money-makers, but Garcia said there is nothing else left at 140 pounds.

Along with the possibility of bigger paydays, Garcia's father and trainer, Angel Garcia, said beating Matthysse would earn his son respect. Fans think Garcia is lucky, his father said.

"I told him earlier that we're working on God's time," Angel Garcia said. "People are still in darkness, their eyes are in darkness. They don't want to see the truth. He's a true champion."

Another award. On Wednesday, Garcia was named the city's fighter of the year for the second straight time by PhillyBoxingHistory.com. He will be honored Oct. 13 at the Briscoe Awards. The event, at 2733 E. Clearfield St., is free and open to the public.

Hopkins update. Bernard Hopkins' IBF light-heavyweight title defense at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall has moved back a week to Oct. 26. Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KOs) will meet mandatory challenger Karo Murat (25-1-1, 15 KOs).

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