Garcia-Malignaggi Topping Aug. 1 Brooklyn Card; Jacobs To Meet Mora?

Brooklyn is emerging as the borough for boxing in NYC, it seems, with another card slated for the borough of kings on April 1.

Danny Garcia, a perennial visitor to Barclays Center, will again top a card there, this time against Brooklyner Paul Malignaggi, a source informs us.

Garcia holds a 140 pound strap, which he’ll not defend against the crafty vet, who is on the comeback trail, after losing his last tussle, to Shawn Porter.

I’m thinking Garcia is stepping to 147, and wants to see how comfy he is there. Then, if he does well, maybe we see him against a burlier 147, like a Keith Thurman. Paulie was to fight May 23, but got cut in sparring, so his fight with Danny O’Connor got scrapped. This is a tougher test, higher stakes, higher pay, riskier too, for a guy who endured brain trauma against Porter. That’s the way Paulie likes it, he’s a risk taker at heart…He will have to coddle the eye so sparring will be slightly less freewheeling heading to Aug. 1 than maybe he’d like…

Also on the card will be WBA 160 pound champ Daniel Jacobs. No, he won’t be fighting the face-off which I was hoping for, which seems to make mucho sense, against fellow fast-twitch muscled pugilist, Peter Quillin. His foe is still TBD. (August doesn’t usually get great A side vs. A side-packed cards, think about it, a lot of people are doing other things.)

Sergio Mora has volunteered to take a crack, and ESPN’s Dan Rafael, first to this news, reported that Matthew Macklin, an Irish-Brit who trains in Spain, might get the call. I’m hearing that someone other than Macklin might have inside track, though, so stay tuned on the TBA foe…Indeed, I touched base with “The Latin Snake” Mora Thursday night, and he sounded optimistic that he’ll pit his slickness ‘n skills against the Brooklyner Jacobs.

“I know I’m in the running,” Mora told me. “They told me be ready last week, that it looks like it’ll be Jacobs for July 25 or Aug 1. Still no confirmation.” But he’s upbeat on his chances…

Tureano Johnson, a bomber promoted by Gary Shaw, would love to grapple with Jacobs, so feel free to add his name to the mix. He told me his promoter asked the WBC to set in motion an eliminator between Tureano and Jorge Heiland, so Johnson is waiting word on that disposition. Politics, Tureano noted, might make it hard to make him vs. Jacobs, but “I would love to fight Jacobs!”

Johnson continued: “The sanctioning bodies need to be more involved in this. It’s not enough to only have mandatories for championship fights. They should be more involved in having top 15 fighters fight each other. If you’re ranked and in the top 15 and won’t fight anyone else ranked you should be out of rankings!

“It would help fighters like me build a resume or be exposed!”

The scraps will be running on ESPN, on primetime, on Saturday night.

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COMMENTS

-deepwater2 :

Jeez. First of all it's been over two years since Garcia weighed in at 140, Can the powers that be strip him of the 140 lb title. Second of all, Paulie just got beat to a pulp and is about to retire. I guess Uncle Al wants to give him one more decent payday. No one wins this fight especially the fans.


-amayseng :

Danny got smoked by Herrera and Peterson if he doesn't look good against Paulie then he will soon be a gatekeeper, with a jr ww title! Jacobs is a welcome fight but please not against Mora.


-deepwater2 :

This fight sux. What about Postol? Is tsAH and Garcia going to pay off mandatory Postol again? The lineal 140 champ hasn't fought at 140 in two years, faced subpar competition, and lost some fights but got the win by dubious judges. Paulie lost 2 out of his 3 and has no business in this main event. Will tsAH allow Paulie to go past 6 rounds? Will Paulie stink out the fight and complain he was robbed. At least in between rounds the card girls would make it exciting, but not in this bs Pbc federation. So many other names Garcia can fight but we get this. This is garbage.


-riverside :

Danny got smoked by Herrera and Peterson if he doesn't look good against Paulie then he will soon be a gatekeeper, with a jr ww title! Jacobs is a welcome fight but please not against Mora.
Paulie is cool, but passed his prime, what is Danny Garcia doing? I really think he can Beat Postal, why avoid him. Postal is more of a brute untested Boxer. I think Danny would tee-off on him and finish him.


-oubobcat :

I am not a fan of Garcia-Malignaggi. I don't see it as being one bit competitive. Paulie is past his prime and fighting above his optimal weight in his prime. He can't move like he use to and his punches are even more feather fisted at the higher weight. Garcia will walk him down and take him apart in a one sided affair that probably lasts longer than it should because of Paulie's heart. But not a fight that is competitive or will make interesting television. I think Mora tests Jacobs more than Macklin but honestly would rather see Macklin get that fight. Macklin, as we all know, will bring the fight to Jacobs and go for it. He will make the fight exciting at the very least though probably get ko'd. But he will give it a chance and try to test Jacob's chin which has been cracked before. Mora will stick and move to the extreme and make a dull fight of it to win. Its the only way he can fight but very hard on the eyes as well. I'd give Mora a 35% chance of springing the upset and Mackin around 10-15% chance. But Macklin would make for a much more entertaining prize fight.


-Radam G :

This pug card stinks so badly that I have no words for it. Holla!


-amayseng :

This pug card stinks so badly that I have no words for it. Holla!
Paulie saw how Peterson boxed Garcia's ears off and thinks he has the boxing savvy to do the same. It won't happen.


-ericfarrell85 :

I'm not so down on this fight as others. Paulie is old, Paulie can't punch, Paulie has no shot; this may all be true. BUT! Has there ever been a dull Paulie fight? None that I have seen. The man enters the ring with tremendous deficits, and in spite of it, has had a very solid career. Brains vs Brawn is one of the fundamental queries in the ring, and I for one, hope that Paulie will officially expose Garcia, the way others deserved, but weren't credited. There is the added tension that comes as a consequence of losing to Malignaggi. Garcia, would never live that down and his stock would plummet to the soil.


-deepwater2 :

I love Paulie but he has his foot out the door and doesn't deserve this fight. Garcia is the lineal champ at 140 despite not weighing in at 140 forever. The lineal champ should move up and fight the lineal champ or a champ at 147. This is tsAH's handy work and it is terrible for boxing fans.


-Bernie Campbell :

Two BS fights.....Is Garcia gonna continue to hit bhelow the belt with his opponents without being fined! Whys evreybody giving Jacobs these soft soap freebies! Frisco got a trinket, let his *** earn that belt! Whats with these announcing jobs he lands? Whose he know?


-stormcentre :

I am not a fan of Garcia-Malignaggi. I don't see it as being one bit competitive. Paulie is past his prime and fighting above his optimal weight in his prime. He can't move like he use to and his punches are even more feather fisted at the higher weight. Garcia will walk him down and take him apart in a one sided affair that probably lasts longer than it should because of Paulie's heart. But not a fight that is competitive or will make interesting television. I think Mora tests Jacobs more than Macklin but honestly would rather see Macklin get that fight. Macklin, as we all know, will bring the fight to Jacobs and go for it. He will make the fight exciting at the very least though probably get ko'd. But he will give it a chance and try to test Jacob's chin which has been cracked before. Mora will stick and move to the extreme and make a dull fight of it to win. Its the only way he can fight but very hard on the eyes as well. I'd give Mora a 35% chance of springing the upset and Mackin around 10-15% chance. But Macklin would make for a much more entertaining prize fight.
Ditto, plus; A) Someone needs to pack Garcia into a super sized slingshot and shoot him at Brandon Rios, or some other durable welterweight out there. B) Hard to see how Paulie goes into this fight feeling confident. If he moves all night, and outboxes Danny; maybe. C) But if Paulie stops to trade; good night Irene. :)