Paulie Malignaggi vs. Pablo Cesar Cano on Saturday
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (31-4, 7 KO’s) will be defending his title this Saturday night against 23-year-old #10 WBA Pablo Cesar Cano (25-1-1, 19 KO’s) on Showtime at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Malignaggi is being put in with Cano in order to give Malignaggi at least one winnable fight as the World Boxing Association champion before he’s forced to fight someone good that can actually beat him.
It’s a minor miracle that Malignaggi is a champion at all, because he really doesn’t match up well against a lot of the top welterweights in the division. He just lucked out that the WBA welterweight title was held down before him by Vyacheslav Senchnko, one of the weakest welterweight champions in many years.
Malignaggi told RingTV “He [Cano] believes that he’s ready to climb the ladder and he’s a hungry, young guy looking to make a name for himself.”
Well, Cano isn’t going to roll over for Malignaggi just because he was hand-picked by Malignaggi’s promoters at Golden Boy to be the sacrificial lamb. Cano, if nothing else, will go down fighting hard. I don’t expect him to win Cano is a limited fighter, but he’s decent enough to make it hard for Malignaggi in winning, a lot harder than Malignaggi’s last opponent Senchenko did.
Cano will land his share of big shots and you can expect Malignaggi’s face to get kind of beaten in this fight. Cano was stopped last year in the 10th round by Erik Morales, but he gave Morales a lot of problems in that fight and had his face on swollen up by the end. Cano’s face was even worse with his nose looking broken and both eyes swollen up badly.
If Malignaggi can’t win this fight he’ll lose out on a possible big money match-up against his former conqueror Ricky Hatton, who has already made it known that he’s interested in fighting Malignaggi for his WBA title.
This card is really stocked with top fights besides the Malignaggi-Cano right, which isn’t really top fight because Cano has been selected from near the bottom of the pack to fight Malignaggi.
Here are the other fights on the card:
Randall Bailey vs. Devon Alexander
Peter Quillin vs. Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam