Danny Garcia vs. Paulie Malignaggi Preview & Prediction

By Derek Ferreira
Jul. 28, 2015

ESPN has its second Premier Bo Champions card this Saturday night in a light welterweight attraction when Danny Garcia makes his debut in the welterweight division against Paulie Malignaggi. The fight will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York, which is the home of Malignggi. Will the hottest fighter in Bo continue his hot streak or will Malignaggi get another win in his legacy. Well, here is my review.

Storyline: Danny Garcia stock rose, as a fighter in 2012 when he defeated Erik Morales twice, which in the second the fight ended in a KO. It was also in that same calendar year that Garcia defeated Khan by TKO in the 4th round. In 2013, Garcia went to defeat Zab Juhah and Lucas Matthysse. Last year, Garcia won over Mauricio Herrera, but that fight was award to Garcia via a majority decision. Then Garcia went on to defeat Rod Salka. His last fight also ended in a majority decision victory over Lamont Peterson. Meanwhile, Malignaggi is coming off of a loss to Shawn Porter, which ended in a TKO in the 4th round.

Strengths: Garcia is impressive in his bo arsenal. He thinks well and has technical skills. His bread and butter will be his left hook. Garcia has power, which you saw when he was a lightweight, and can hit with accuracy. Malignaggi is a veteran with a good strategy. He has movement in his bo skill and his jab is his main bo arsenal.

Weaknesses: Garcia can be vulnerable. We saw this in the fight with Herrera in 2014 and with Peterson recently, which is why he struggled in both of those fights. Malignaggi is not a power puncher and that is a problem with a fighter his age. Malignaggi would have to battle hard to win rounds. It puts him in a disadvantage against a caliber fighter in Garcia, who can end a fight.

Prediction: Malignaggi is at the end of his career and is now working on Showtime as a Bo Analyst. Expect him to not give up without a fight against Garcia. But the end result will be Garcia winning. It wouldn’t surprise me if this becomes a majority decision victory for Garcia. The fight should be entertaining and competitive, with some Shakespearean drama. Garcia will win because of the fact he has the heavier punches in his arsenal. I have this as a 7-5 round for Garcia. What happens to Garcia after this fight? With the Welterweight division as a top fight division, Garcia should be poised for a big fight in 2016. I really doubt it that he fights Floyd Mayweather, but he’s in line to fight a Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman or Marcos Maidana. I would also like to see him fight a Lucas Matthysse or Amir Khan down the road.

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