Danny Garcia expects to get the job done against Paulie Malignaggi
(Photo credit: Ed Diller/Dibella Entertainment) By Dan Ambrose: Danny Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) will be making a new beginning on Saturday night in moving up to the full weight of the welterweight division against Paulie Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs) on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Garcia is hoping that the move up in weight will make him stronger than he’s been in the past, because he’s going to need to be strong for him to compete against the best welterweights in the division. But perhaps what Garcia is going to need more then punching power is stamina, and an ability to take punishment.
Garcia wilted pretty badly in his last fight against Lamont Peterson in April. Garcia would have lost that fight if Peterson had started a little earlier with his surge.
The plan for Garcia is to beat the veteran Malignaggi, who is now is little more than a stepping stone fighter at this point in his career, and then look to take on the big names in the 147lb division. Just who Garcia and his adviser Al Haymon are targeting is the big question. While they obviously be more than happy to get a Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight, Garcia and Haymon are going to likely have to settle for a lesser name. Amir Khan would be great, but he likely won’t take the fight.
“[On going up to 147 pounds] You’re going to see a lot more energy in the ring. You’ll see a smarter fighter. I’ll have more agility and we’re going to go in there to get the job done,” Garcia said. “At the end of the day it’s about being 100 percent prepared. I did everything right this camp and I’m ready. The game plan is to go in there and be Danny Garcia and be spectacular.”
Garcia hasn’t looked spectacular lately in his fights since his mismatch against little Rod Salka in 2014. Garcia got a gift decision over Mauricio Herrera, and fought well enough to get a draw or a loss in his fight against Peterson.
While Garcia believes he won both of those fights 8 rounds to 4, the fans believe that he lost the fight. Since people can’t know about their performances from judging themselves, they have to require that the outside world be the judge of them, and it looks like Garcia was seen as the loser.
His ego might not let him acknowledge that he lost the fights against Peterson and Herrera, but he’s still seen as the lower nonetheless by the fans. The fact that Garcia can’t come to terms with those defeats and admit to them just makes him look bad in the eyes of fans, many who see him as out of touch with the reality of what happened to him in those fights.
“My style is made to beat any fighter in the game. I’m sure he trained hard but we’re going to get this victory,” Garcia said. “I’m only focused on being a fighter. I don’t think anybody can beat a 110 percent Danny Garcia. At the end of the day, I know I beat a lot of good fighters and I’m going to show my heart in the ring.”