Danny 'Swift' Garcia takes on Paulie 'Magic Man' Malignaggi on August 1st at the Barclays Center in New York for a fight that some have touted as winner gets Mayweather for the opportunity to take on the unbeaten champion in his 49th fight.
Danny Garcia is making his first move up to the sparkling 147Ib division taking on former WBA champion Malignaggi who is making a comeback after suffering a 4th round TKO loss to Shawn Porter last April.
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The 27-year-old ruled the 140Ib league claiming the WBA Super and WBC straps. The undefeated fighter is now looking to achieve the same success as a welterweight but faces a difficult task on his debut against Malignaggi.
The hard hitting boxer from Philadelphia has fantastic timing in the ring and boxes well with an impressive resume boasting victories over Erik Morales, Amir Khan and Lucas Matthysse.
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The fan favourite 'Magic Man' is a two weight division world champion and never shies away from a fight. The Brooklyn boxer was scheduled to fight Danny O'Connor on April 23 but suffered a bad cut in training which resulted in him having to pull out of the fight.
A slick ring technician the 34-year-old is extremely intelligent in the ring with his hand speed, variety of punches and fast movement Malignaggi poses many qualities that Garcia has never come up against in his career.
Teacher vs Student?
This fight is extremely important in the career of both boxers with Garcia looking to announce himself in the welterweight mix and Malignaggi wanting to make an impressive return in a bid to challenge for world honours.
The rumours on the winner going on to face Floyd Mayweather have been downplayed by the ex champion suggesting that the quick turn around wouldn't be feasible for a Mayweather fight who is scheduled to fight only a month after Garcia and Malignaggi meet.
The contest is a massive clash of differing styles, it will be interesting to see who will claim the victory with both boxers having massive hearts. The New Yorker has suffered with hand problems throughout his career which is the reason behind his low knock-out percentage.
The likes of Cotto, Hatton, Khan and most recently Porter have been able to walk through the 34 year old's punches and beat 'The Magic Man' but credit must be given to the ever adapting Malignaggi who has beaten the likes of Zab Judah, Juan Diaz, Lovemore Ndou and Vyacheslav Senchenko.
A statement must be made August 1st, with Garcia recently getting criticised for his performances over Mauricio Herrera last year and Lamont Peterson 2 months ago where many thought he lost. The youngster accused of fatiguing late into fights will have to train harder than ever at a new weight.
World Title Shot For Winner?
The victor can look towards world honours in their next fight with both boxers having good marketing appeal, Malignaggi has a well known dislike towards Manny Pacquiao which may well be a fight for the future and Garcia can set up interesting bouts with the likes of Keith Thurman, Kell Brook and Shawn Porter.
This bout should bring out the best in both competitors with Garcia previously proving he can step up in class when he defeated both Khan and Matthysse. The 'Magic Man' has the opportunity to educate a young hungry lion with his elite boxing skills but Garcia could come of age and show the world he is the real deal, the question is which fighter wants it more?