Danny Swift Garcia vs. Paulie ‘Magic Man’ Malignaggi is all set to headline a Premier Boxing Champions, ESPN show on August 1, 2015 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The contest will be a 12 round Welterweight affair, making official a long rumored jump to the next division for Garcia. It marks a possible “last hurrah” for the Brooklyn native Paulie. Vegas has tabbed Garcia in the neighborhood of a 9-to-1 favorite, yet some feel that Malignaggi still has enough slickness left in the tank to make it interesting in his backyard.
Here is a little food for thought. Swift (30-0 17 KOs), a mainstay on the Al Haymon PBC outfit, has been universally recognized as the Ring Magazine #1 rated 140 pound fighter over the past two years. Despite his success, he has caught a lot of flack from the public in recent times due to the number of close decisions that have gone in his favor. The one-time dynamo hasn’t exactly set the world on fire in recent fights, a fact some attribute to struggles of making the 140 lb weight limit. The move up in weight-class has been suspected for some time. Many feel that this is a safe choice of opponent to test the waters as a full fledged 147 lb fighter. With all of the above said, DSG remains one of the most marketable fighters in the game today.
Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs), a former two division world champion, has fought a laundry list of name fighters during his 14 year career. Entering this bout he is coming off a 16 month layoff – a career worst outing where he was stopped in the 4th round by former 147 lb title holder Shawn Porter. Prior to that, “The Magic Man” gave good showings against Zab Judah and Adrian Broner. This fight is a true do-or-die for his career. A win would arguably be the best of his long career. Another bad loss likely sends him into the broadcast booth full-time.
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