Danny Garcia Stops Malinaggi in a One-Sided PBC Affair

In his welterweight debut, Danny Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs) scored a 9th round TKO victory over Paulie Malinaggi (33-7, 7 KOs) in Brooklyn tonight. Promoted by the PBC and ESPN as a battle of Philly vs. Brooklyn, Danny Garcia methodically wore down the Bronx’s beloved son in a highly disciplined performance.

Neither fighter landed with great accuracy, but Garcia’s blows were almost always impactful whereas the light-punching Malinaggi could not land anything with effect against his opponent. Garcia had rightly taken a fair amount of criticism after two highly questionable majority decision wins over Mauricio Herrera and Lamont Peterson. After an excellent run of victories against high grade opponents (Campbell, Morales X2, Khan, Judah, and Matthyse), a lot of luster had come off of Garcia after the Herrera and Peterson fights (a complete mismatch with Rod Salka between those two is barely worth a mention). Some of that shine may have been restored tonight.

While Garcia was the man moving up in weight, he was the obviously stronger man in the ring. Complicating matters for Malinaggi was an apparent loss of quickness and speed that can probably just be defined as age. As the fight wore on, both Malinaggi’s face and demeanor took a battering.

Onto the rounds…

Round One: Malinaggi’s legs are so far apart. There’s no way he can be well balanced. A jab to the chest sends Malinaggi backward. No harm done. Garcia lands a right that is not quite flush. Another straight right lands, but Malinaggi takes it well. A Left hook by Garcia at the end of the round just misses. Malinaggi did little.

Round Two: Garcia lands a left hook counter that again just misses. Garcia looks very comfortable in there. This is no repeat of the Herrera fight in the early going. Another counter right by Garcia. Malinaggi looks slow. Not a good sign. Malinaggi touches Garcia occasionally, but there is nothing on his punches and not nearly enough of them to bother his opponent.

Round Three: Teddy Atlas rightly points out that Garcia is not using his jab enough. Thus far it doesn’t matter, but it could if the fight extends. Garcia opens a cut over Malinaggi’s right eye. Garcia is judicious with his punches, but it’s clear what he’s throwing has steam on it compared to Paulie’s soft taps.

Round Four: Good straight right by Garcia. He is so much stronger than Paulie despite moving up in weight. Garcia is gradually imposing his will in the fight. It seems like he could push this whenever he wants to, but remains very disciplined.

Round Five: There is a large difference in sound when a Garcia punch hits home. Almost silence when Paulie strikes. The cut above the right eye is flowing again, but hasn’t been a problem thus far. The real issue is Malinaggi can’t impact Garcia with anything and isn’t boxing as well as he has in the past.

Round Six: While Garcia has landed a lot of solid shots, he still hasn’t struck Malinaggi with full force. A cut now opens under the right eye of Paulie. It’s getting messy in there. Excellent body shot by Garcia at the end of the round.

Round Seven: A right-left combo lands for Garcia. Malinaggi answers with some connects of his own, they just don’t move Garcia in the slightest. Malinaggi is doing nothing to the body. Thudding right to the body by Garcia. Decent left jab by Paulie. Garcia walks right through it like he has done all night. Garcia lets his hands go a bit at the end of the round. You wonder how much more of this Malinaggi wants to take. It’s readily apparent he can’t win.

Round Eight: Malinaggi presses and then is dissuaded by a counter left hook. Paulie looks old. Garcia finally throws a double jab. Both land. Hard right to the body with combos following. Garcia may be ready to force this. Big left hook pushes Malinaggi back. If Malinaggi wasn’t discouraged before, he has to be now. Paulie looks wobbly going to the corner.

Round Nine: Malinaggi does not look like a guy who is having a good time. The ring doctor looks at his eye before the round, but lets him continue. Malinaggi’s right side looks like it’s been left out in the sun all day. Garcia is completely fresh and Malinaggi looks beat, if still proud. Two left-right combos have Malinaggi hurt and another exchange sends Malinaggi stumbling backwards. Referee Arthur Mercante Jr. stops the fight with 20 seconds left in the round.

In a loaded welterwight division, Garcia adds another good name to an embarrassment of riches. There are a lot of fights out there for him (Thurman and Porter seem like good bets), and on the basis of this performance tonight, I suspect his next bout will be against stiffer competition. After all the trouble he had against a pure boxer like Herrera, he has to feel good about his clear victory tonight. In truth, it was hard to find a round for the “Magic Man” who all but announced his retirement in the post-fight interview. A move that can only be classified as a good one.

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COMMENTS

-brownsugar :

Paulie's wide, stiff-legged, herky-jerky stance seemed to be screaming one thing ... ...OLD MAN On deck !! Was this Haymon getting his revenge for Paulie mouthing off against the mega-advisor before being recruited??? Lol... Some may think so,... but it does signal the end of one of the most often resurrected careers in boxing. Paulie has had many rebirths on the boxing scene but his days as a relevant boxer is done. Maybe now he can focus on his announcer career or follow Gabe Rosado to Hollywood and portray boxing characters on the silver screen where its safe and lucrative. Welcome Garcia, .... still much to prove at welterweight, and a stacked division with many fighters he can prove his worth against. I wonder how far he can go?


-SouthPawFlo :

Garcia won, and I give him that back he still looks the same to me, he still struggles with movement and he throws his shots WAAAAAAAYYYYYY too wide... When Garcia misses, he misses Big and he's the quickest guy.... Paulie was just there to give a better account for himself after the Porter debacle and he showed good heart to go 9rd when he was totally outgunned... Paulie went into a gun fight with a Cap gun and managed to survive almost the whole fight... I would like to See: Garcia vs Herrera 2 Garcia vs Peterson 2 Garcia vs Thurman Garcia vs Porter Garcia vs Khan 2 These are all Makeable fights and would be entertaining and would see if Danny is gonna sink or swim at 147


-Radam G :

Paulie will be back in the ring again. He will come up with the excuse of being off for a year as affecting his performance. Dude is delusional. Holla!


-mortcola :

Gutsy final performance, Paulie. That dragonfly-darting defense was all you ever really had, since no one is even annoyed when you punch them, and now that the speed is even 25% down, guys who miss a few shots are going to land the third, or the fourth, or when they land, it will be more flush than it used to be. Stay in the booth, you?re good at it, train guys if you want. No point to taking punches anymore. Nothing to prove. As for Garcia - call him the most over-rated champ in the game. I watch him, and apart from a few things in his favor, he?s no more than a pretty good fighter as far as I?m concerned. Is he tough, can he take it? Probably yes as advertised. But he has looked MEDIOCRE in so many fights he even ended up winning, that I can?t help but seem as someone who?s gonna get blown away soon, stick around becoming a journeyman thinking he?s just getting entitled crack at owning the title again, and falls into .500 land. A Malignanaggi of at least six years ago outboxes him, instead of, slow-footed, getting caught at the ends of shots, counters and exchanges. Garcia will understand, soon, why people stay so underwhelmed about him. Its a shame, bc he seems like a good kid.


-Froggy :

arcia won, and I give him that back he still looks the same to me, he still struggles with movement and he throws his shots WAAAAAAAYYYYYY too wide... When Garcia misses, he misses Big and he's the quickest guy.... Paulie was just there to give a better account for himself after the Porter debacle and he showed good heart to go 9rd when he was totally outgunned... Paulie went into a gun fight with a Cap gun and managed to survive almost the whole fight... I would like to See: Garcia vs Herrera 2 Garcia vs Peterson 2 Garcia vs Thurman Garcia vs Porter Garcia vs Khan 2 These are all Makeable fights and would be entertaining and would see if Danny is gonna sink or swim at 147
What about Danny vs Lucas 2 ? I wouldn't bet on Garcia !


-amayseng :

PM has absolutely NO power , NO snap, nothing, and it is because his technique is garbage. completely sideways arm punching, no torque in his punches, no turning his hips or hitting through the target.. always backing straight up and bending to the right with Never anything in return., just exhausting himself and wearing his back and legs out... to me he has no boxing iq or he would have learned to adjust with age and changing physical abilities as Pac, Floyd, Bhop and many others have done. I think this was a horrible and embarrassing performance. Instead of bad mouthing and degrading and slandering various other boxers seems to me Paulie should have been working on his craft.


-Radam G :

Being full of dat syet didn't help Paulie a bit. Dude just doesn't have the know how of how to hit. But don't think for a minute that he won't scrap again. He will. But he should get some dill. And off the fallen Angel Heredia's roid injections, rubbing creams and PEDs pills. That crap will not improve Paulie's talent or skills. Paulie can turn into Hulkinaggi and keep trying to get his fill, but his arse is a super zombie way over the hill. His body and game will just keep falling apart. But it won't stop Paulie. Dude believe that he is super-boksing smart. He will keep telling himself that you don't become a two-time champion by not knowing how to fight. To dat, I will say bullsyet. Ev'ybodee and dey momma know dat it is all about having the right connections and/or complexion to get the selections and directions and protections. Look at all the misbehavior that Money May has been doing with being on dat syet, committing fraud and his umpteen domestic crimes of every kind that you can name. It is total bullsyet that he just has mad game. Dude has the right connections, cherry-picking selections, knowing when to fight hurt and/or aging pugs directions and all the raising of steriods and PEDs ratio for-him protections. Not that he is going to be caught on dat syet anyway with taking "Memo" Heredia's guaranteed-to-beat-the-system syet:
->https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6gzBl5NSq94. Holla!


-Bernie Campbell :

Whose idea was it to bring Rosie Perez abroad! Man theyre trying to recruit that Brooklyn, Puerto Rican, Female Crowd as if thats cool! They gotta start going after more educated-midwestern dynamics if theyre gonna save the sport! What the frig makes Ms. Perez an authority anyway! What the frig do I care if Danny Garcia's got 6 toes! Rosie is just lookin to get actress exposure to snag another Broadway Gig for her limited stereotypical career! Women dont belong in Boxing, that goes for Marisol too! Whose frgn idea is it to fill the show with these imitations? Get the Coloniel in there! The Demographic is for middle age and up! Im sure the interview with Paulie and Danny would have been alot better! Ive gotta hear about Danny being Puerto Rican and chasing chickens, Ive gotta hear about Paulie in the Bronx as an influence! If you ever been there I wouldnt be proud-its a sh-- hole! Hey Why does Danny have Blue eyes? "good"? Get the hook! Give Rosie the Hook! Dont come back again Rosie! The Vaudeville hook!


-Radam G :

Whose idea was it to bring Rosie Perez abroad! Man theyre trying to recruit that Brooklyn, Puerto Rican, Female Crowd as if thats cool! They gotta start going after more educated-midwestern dynamics if theyre gonna save the sport! What the frig makes Ms. Perez an authority anyway! What the frig do I care if Danny Garcia's got 6 toes! Rosie is just lookin to get actress exposure to snag another Broadway Gig for her limited stereotypical career! Women dont belong in Boxing, that goes for Marisol too! Whose frgn idea is it to fill the show with these imitations? Get the Coloniel in there! The Demographic is for middle age and up! Im sure the interview with Paulie and Danny would have been alot better! Ive gotta hear about Danny being Puerto Rican and chasing chickens, Ive gotta hear about Paulie in the Bronx as an influence! If you ever been there I wouldnt be proud-its a sh-- hole! Hey Why does Danny have Blue eyes? "good"? Get the hook! Give Rosie the Hook! Dont come back again Rosie! The Vaudeville hook!
Let Rosie along. And Danny has green eyes. Rosie Grier had some blue in his mud lights. Hehe! You are straight-up wilding, B-Camp. Be nice. Lip on a piece of ice. That will cool you down. You got too much fire. And a male-chauvinist pig desire. Holla!


-sumopop :

So I guess Bernie Campbell is going to go around to every article on The Sweet Science and comment on Rosie Perez regardless of whether she is mentioned in the post or not. Methinks he doth protest too much.--David


-sumopop :

It's funny, at one point Garcia was underrated. Then he was overrated. To be honest, I'm still not sure what he is right now.--David.


-stormcentre :

Ruslan Provodkinov V Danny Garcia might be a good fight. It's funny to hear people talk about Danny "feeling" better at this weight; he been at "this" weight for a while now. Does anyone know what each guy weighed in at on the night? :)


-amayseng :

So I guess Bernie Campbell is going to go around to every article on The Sweet Science and comment on Rosie Perez regardless of whether she is mentioned in the post or not. Methinks he doth protest too much.--David
Appreciate BC for what he is!! He comes and goes months at a time


-amayseng :

It's funny, at one point Garcia was underrated. Then he was overrated. To be honest, I'm still not sure what he is right now.--David.
I think at 140 he was very solid though Heredia boxed his ears off and LM was clearly winning before catching an elbow and his eye swelling to where he could not see out of it at all. Garcia should be Irish with all the luck he has had. Sadly he plateaued early and after Heredia clearly beat him and was robbed Peterson put on a clinic and was robbed as well. At 147 he should carry decent power but he has slow foot agility and is a plodder with below average stamina. Paulie has nothing on his punches and didnt do a thing to deter Garcia Meaning we can not determine Garcia's abilities at ww from a **** worn PM


-sumopop :

Hey, that luck of the Irish stuff is nonsense! Look at the history of my people! :)---David