Danny Garcia vs Paul Malignaggi: 'Swift' must make a statementWritten by Jason Leach
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.
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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.
I was born in Queens NY, but currently reside in Hackensack NJ. Became a diehard boxing fan in the 1980’s watching Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson.
I’ve enjoyed watching and talking about sports for as long as I can remember. In late 2012 I began to pursue a sports writing career with the Harlem Times. Within a few months I was covering events such as the Big East Tournament and the Adrien Broner vs. Paulie Malignaggi fight at the Barclays Center.
Love boxing because of the Sweet Science, the history of great champions, and knowing at any moment a fight can be over with one punch.