Danny Garcia vs Paul Malignaggi: 'Swift' must make a statement

Written by Jason Leach at Jul 22, 2015 - 08:46PM ET in News
Despite remaining undefeated, it has been almost two full years since Danny Garcia has had an impressive victory over a significant opponent.

That win came against Lucas Matthysse on September 14th 2013 on the Floyd Mayweather versus Canelo Alvarez undercard.

(Image courtesy of Showtime boxing blog)

After the upset, Garcia seemed to be embarking on one of the brightest futures in boxing.

But since his win over Matthysse, Garcia has scored a disputed majority decision victory over Mauricio Herrera, a second round knockout over a thoroughly outclassed Rod Salka, and another disputed majority decision victory over Lamont Peterson in April at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn NY.

On August 1st Garcia returns to the Barclays Center in his first fight at 147 pounds to take on Brooklyn native Paulie Malignaggi.

Although Garcia struggles with fighters who can box well and move like Malignaggi, the last time we saw Paulie in the ring he was knocked out in four rounds by Shawn Porter in April of 2014. So despite going against a solid veteran fighter in Malignaggi, Garcia needs to win - and win impressively in order to increase his stock and get back on the path he was on two years ago.

Garcia has the obvious punching power edge over Malignaggi and is seven years younger. In addition to those advantages, the fighter dubbed 'Swift' believes moving all the way up to 147 pounds will make him better and stronger.

Garcia vs Malignaggi will be the former's fifth fight at the Barclays Center, and he expressed his confidence during one of the press conferences.

"It's going to be a great fight against Paulie on August 1st," said Garcia. "I'm looking forward to getting in the ring again, in my fifth appearance at Barclays Center, and putting on a great show for the East Coast fans in attendance and the fans watching all over the world. By the end of the night, I will still be the undefeated Danny “Swift' Garcia. To all of the fans that love me, I love you too. This is for you."

Paulie will be a good measuring stick for Garcia because Malignaggi has lost to the top tier fighters throughout his career, but wins often against lesser contender-level opponents.

So on the night of August 1st, expect a few questions about Danny to be answered.

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