Garcia-Malinaggi Has The Makings Of An Interesting Scrap

Call it Philly versus New York or New York versus Philly. It’s a storied history between the two cities less than a mere 100 miles apart. It’s the Giants vs. Eagles…Flyers vs. Rangers…and Yankees/Mets vs. Phillies. In fact Philly’s favorite adopted son “Smokin” Joe Frazier considered Madison Square Garden home. Most don’t know that Joe actually resided in New York before he settled in Philadelphia.

This weekend at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York the rivalry gets renewed via welterweight fighters Danny Garcia 30-0 (17) of Philadelphia versus Paulie Malinaggi 33-6 (7) of New York. Add to that both Garcia and Malinaggi are tough and never mince their words and often border on being cocky. The only negative pertaining to the fight is one of them, Garcia, 27, is on the ascend and the other, Malinaggi, 34, is on the decline. However, the contrast in styles should make for an interesting fight for as long as it last. Garcia will no doubt assume the role as the attacker while looking to force Malinaggi to engage with him. That is a stark contrast to how Malinaggi will be looking to box and Garcia’s feet moving and turning.

Both Garcia and Malinaggi are first class pros and no doubt respect each other. Garcia hasn’t looked good in two of his last three outings and Malinaggi was beaten up and stopped in his last bout 17 months ago against Shawn Porter. As to why Garcia wasn’t impressive in his last three bouts versus Mauricio Herrera, Rod Salka and Lamont Peterson, Danny blames having to get down to close 140. He said his strength and ability to cut off the ring was compromised. In this fight both Garcia and Malinaggi will have the luxury of coming in at 147.

“147 is a new chapter in my boxing career,” Garcia said about becoming a welterweight. “I feel like I did everything I could do at 140. (Moving up) feels great because I feel my style matches up great with anybody at 147. I’m ready, but first I have to handle Paulie Malignaggi. I know he’s coming. It’s Brooklyn, his hometown. He’s got something to prove. This is a big fight for him. He’s got to go in there and look good. So, I prepared myself 110%, and I got to go in there and show my Brooklyn fans and my Philly fans, and all my fans around the world, who’s a better fighter that night.”

And for Garcia, his ability to cut off the ring will be monumental because Paulie has pretty good wheels, or at least he used to. Back in March of 2014 Garcia fought Mauricio Herrera who was an awkward mover, and Danny was clearly befuddled by that and never really solved Herrera’s style. Granted, at this time Herrera is probably more dangerous than Malinaggi. However, Malinaggi, even though he doesn’t get credit for it…..is without a doubt one of the best thinking minds in professional boxing. Paulie no doubt knows what he needs to do against Garcia, the question is, does he have the physicality to do it or is he too shopworn, especially after the going over he absorbed against Shawn Porter.

Garcia clearly has thoughts on what to expect from Malinaggi:

“I have a pretty good idea of what he’s going to go in there and try to do,” Garcia said. “I think he has a good jab. I think that’s his best game, and I’m pretty sure he’s going to try to utilize it. I prepare for whatever. I’m going to go in there and get off first. I’m going to set the pace. I’m going to go in there and pop my jab at him. So, we’re going to see who got the better jab that night.”

That’s sounds about right. It’s the typical fighter versus boxer contrast. Garcia is younger and more of a live wire. In addition to that, Danny is so tough and determined. If he really was weakened by getting down to the junior welterweight limit, and there is every reason to believe he was, then he should be energetic and strong Saturday night against Malinaggi. And if he is, it’ll be a tough night for Malinaggi. Because Danny is so tough and durable, it’s hard to envision, because of his lack of fight altering power, that Paulie can make Danny do anything he wants or needs him to do in order to dictate the fight. Add to that Malinaggi is on the decline and Garcia is looking to re-boot his career that plateaued during the last year and a half, it’s really hard to find a path to victory concerning Malinaggi.

Let’s be honest, Garcia is the A-side and Malinaggi is the opponent, and Paulie knows it. This is something that will make him dangerous because we know Paulie likes to rock the boat and throw a monkey wrench into the establishments best laid plans.

“This is what the networks wanted,” Garcia said. “This is what my manager wanted, and this is how we been doing it my whole career. Give me a name. I never go against the grain. I believe in destiny. I believe that’s what it’s supposed to be. And if you ask me, the fight makes complete sense. He’s from Brooklyn, I’m from Philly. You’ve got the Italian fans, the Puerto Rican fans, the Philadelphia fans, all the fans on the East Coast. He’s a former 147-pound champion and I believe it’s a great fight.”

It should be an interesting fight for all the reasons stated by Garcia. You have the New York vs. Philly dynamic, fighter versus boxer and what amounts to a crossroads fight for both. It should be a good go for however long it last because both guys know what’s riding on the outcome.

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COMMENTS

-deepwater2 :

I will DVR this card tonight. Paulie hasn't looked good in years. I watched Cano beat Paulie up at Barclay's and he hasn't looked good since. Losing a close fight to Broner doesn't seem as impressive as it looked back then. That said, Garcia hasn't looked good in awhile except vs the Machine where he used the low blow strategy to squeeze out a win. This fight is a no win for Garcia. If he knocks out Paulie he will get no credit. If he beats Paulie for the decision he will get no credit. Is Paulie trying to actually win this fight or just make it until the final bell? Styles make fights and these two styles do not compliment each other. Paulie can box and survive and Garcia can walk him down all night just coming up short. Paulie hang em up,thank tsAH and announce your retirement tonight. Thank you for all the memories. I hope Jacobs crushes the snake. The snake looks like he is 50 years old and should be put away in the first half of the fight. It seems the underdogs don't even want to win.They both just want to make it until the final bell.


-Kid Blast :


Khan savages Paulie. Garcia savages Khan Therefore, Garcia savages Paulie. Only problem is that a boxing syllogism is an oxymoron


-oubobcat :

I will DVR this card tonight. Paulie hasn't looked good in years. I watched Cano beat Paulie up at Barclay's and he hasn't looked good since. Losing a close fight to Broner doesn't seem as impressive as it looked back then. That said, Garcia hasn't looked good in awhile except vs the Machine where he used the low blow strategy to squeeze out a win. This fight is a no win for Garcia. If he knocks out Paulie he will get no credit. If he beats Paulie for the decision he will get no credit. Is Paulie trying to actually win this fight or just make it until the final bell? Styles make fights and these two styles do not compliment each other. Paulie can box and survive and Garcia can walk him down all night just coming up short. Paulie hang em up,thank tsAH and announce your retirement tonight. Thank you for all the memories. I hope Jacobs crushes the snake. The snake looks like he is 50 years old and should be put away in the first half of the fight. It seems the underdogs don't even want to win.They both just want to make it until the final bell.
This version of Paulie has trouble with fighters that pressure from the opening bell. Cano and Porter are two examples of such fighters. Paulie relied on his legs and speed in the early part of his career. But the older Paulie has been forced to stand in front of his opponents more and try to score in the pocket while avoiding punches. He does not have the power though to keep pressure fighters off of him (or the speed he once possessed) and with no reason to not press forward is the reason why the pressure fighters like Cano and Porter had so much success against Paulie. Garcia though is not a pressure fighter. He is a classic boxer puncher. Because of his style, Paulie will be in this fight tonight. Can he spring the upset? I don't know and would not be betting on Paulie but I do think we are going to get a competitive fight that probably goes to the card. And if he doesn't get the decision, will probably get to hear another Paulie rant again about judges. I too hope Jacobs crushes Mora. I will say this, I have no idea what to expect from Mora. He could come out like he did against Proksa a few years ago and use his slick skills to give Jacobs fits. Or he could be at the end and someone with his style at the end of his career gets blown out by a fighter like Jacobs. My gut feeling after seeing Mora's last fight against Han (yes I stayed awake for it) is the legs are not there anymore and he gets destroyed within 4 by Jacobs.


-Radam G :

This version of Paulie has trouble with fighters that pressure from the opening bell. Cano and Porter are two examples of such fighters. Paulie relied on his legs and speed in the early part of his career. But the older Paulie has been forced to stand in front of his opponents more and try to score in the pocket while avoiding punches. He does not have the power though to keep pressure fighters off of him (or the speed he once possessed) and with no reason to not press forward is the reason why the pressure fighters like Cano and Porter had so much success against Paulie. Garcia though is not a pressure fighter. He is a classic boxer puncher. Because of his style, Paulie will be in this fight tonight. Can he spring the upset? I don't know and would not be betting on Paulie but I do think we are going to get a competitive fight that probably goes to the card. And if he doesn't get the decision, will probably get to hear another Paulie rant again about judges. I too hope Jacobs crushes Mora. I will say this, I have no idea what to expect from Mora. He could come out like he did against Proksa a few years ago and use his slick skills to give Jacobs fits. Or he could be at the end and someone with his style at the end of his career gets blown out by a fighter like Jacobs. My gut feeling after seeing Mora's last fight against Han (yes I stayed awake for it) is the legs are not there anymore and he gets destroyed within 4 by Jacobs.
Actually Paulie relies on an illusion of range and timing. Once upon a time, he relied on his legs and speed. Dude is drunk with hearing the Mayweathers' syet about "range and timing." What a bunch of crock! In this hurt bitnezz [sic], if you guess, you will become a puckin' mess. And that is what you will become with phantom jive about range and timing. I'm all about da old skool of "be first," "make him play and make him pay," "punch through da manitch, not at da manitch," "and keep him busy." That's RIGHT! You do da darn thang with speed, movement and crack-@$$ snap. Paulie has a problem of bullsyeting with fatalism, sensationalism and romanticism. He ought to get off that syet of talking about his so-called "boxing IQ and boxing intelligence." This muthapuckin' is about boksing savvy. Savvy wins over "IQ" and "intelligence" 98.555555678 percent of the time. Don't let me start naming all the greats who did all with old skool savvy. Double fudge this New Jack jive. Paulie's talking-head gig has made him a stupid-arse pig. He wants to sell jive nonsense of make believe. Da game is about KISS -- Keep IT Simple and Short. And that it the way that it has been for the near 5,000 years of it existence until the Fam Mayweather has come on the scene with this pseudoscience bullsyet of Pops Joy May front-yard taught, bootlegged shoulder roll with all this so-called "timing and range" and syet. GTFOH! And CTFU! It doesn't take rocket science to beat dat jive-turkey syet. Fam May has always picked on-the-short-size-in-height injuried and/or fading pugs. The only string-bean pugs that Lil Floyd has ever danced with were the late, great Diego Corrales, who had to fight him drained, and Big Money Oscar, who was messed up on drugs and cross dressing. Big Floyd talks stone crazy about Lil Floyd never fighting giant 3g. WTF! Three g is listed at 5'10, Lil' Floyd is listed two inches shorter at 5'8, but with longer reach at 73" to 70." (He can use his wonderful range and timing.) Lil Floyd fought 5'11, 74"-reach Corrales. But he cannot fight 5'10 3g because PJM says his son "ain't fightin' no fu****' giant." WOW! Back to Paulie. Paulie has a mental illness type of OCD love for Lil Floyd. "Swift" Danny G might break Paulie's shoulder tonight. Because Money May's body is going to take over Paulie's. Of course, only in Paulie's crazy-@$$ mind. Holla!


-amayseng :

Paulie goes straight back and bends over at the waist with a **** bad Floyd fake Defense. Paulie has NO power, but Danny has poor foot agility. This may be a bore fest. Jacobs and Mora had the makings of an exciting affair until Mora tore that medial collateral ligament and hurt his ankle.. What a shame