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Malignaggi-Cotto: Jose Miguel Eyes Title With Big Win

LOS ANGELES - Former Junior Welterweight World Champion Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi will step back onto the big stage against Puerto Rico's Jose Miguel Cotto in a 10-round welterweight fight on Saturday, April 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., on the "Action Heroes" HBO Pay-Per-View event.

"We promised to deliver the best fights for the April 9 pay-per-view and we are continuing to do that with the addition of the always-flashy and exciting Paulie Malignaggi against the experienced Jose Miguel Cotto," said Oscar de la Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions.  "It is going to be a clash of a boxer versus a puncher, plus Paulie is looking to avenge his loss to Jose Miguel's older brother, Miguel Cotto, in a fight you won't want to miss."

Flashy in and out of the ring and blessed with the heart of a lion, Brooklyn's Paulie Malignaggi (28-4, 6 KO's) has regrouped and now, fighting at welterweight, the "Magic Man" is in top-notch form as he pursues a world title in a second weight class.  Coming off of a sixth round technical knockout win over Michael Lozada in December, the 30-year-old Malignaggi can't wait to show off more of his new tricks on April 9 against the brother of the man - Miguel Cotto - who handed him his first professional loss.

"I'm very excited to be on this great card that is generating a lot of buzz," said Malignaggi.  "I think fighting Cotto is a good test and an important next step at this point in my career as I climb back to the top of the sport.  His brother Miguel is the best fighter I have fought in my career, so I know when fighting a 'Cotto' I have to be prepared.  I'm excited for the challenge and the chance to keep proving 'naysayers' wrong."

A 14-year veteran who can do it all in the ring, Caguas' Jose Miguel Cotto (32-2-1, 24 KO's) represents Puerto Rico with heart and pride every time he steps through the ropes.  A longtime lightweight contender who has continued to find success as he has moved up in weight, the 33-year old Cotto has won four of his last five fights.  His most recent fight was a fourth round technical knockout win over Christopher Henry in November. He returns to Las Vegas for the first time in nearly a year and expects a win against Malignaggi.

"This is going to be a great fight," said Cotto.  "I've been in the gym training my hardest and I feel ready.  Having a big win over Malignaggi will move me closer to a title opportunity.  I will not let this one go by."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by J Dubb II 330 on 03-24-2011

[QUOTE=daggum;10278328]yeah apparently but when you look at his resume you find out he's beaten nobody. it's called padding your record. the object is to trick people into thinking you are good when you really aren't. looks like it worked at…

Comment by daggum on 03-24-2011

[QUOTE=J Dubb II 330;10278308]it don't matter what you think of his resume or who he beat, [B]he's 32-2 apparently he has done well[/B], you act like I said he did great. [B]why doesn't he fight soto? [/B]why should he, too…

Comment by J Dubb II 330 on 03-24-2011

[QUOTE=Forza;10278125]if paulie loses he needs to hang it up. At best hes a B level fighter with fast hands and is extremely slick. But khan mauled him, cotto beat him to a pulp ( still hung in there though ).…

Comment by J Dubb II 330 on 03-24-2011

[QUOTE=daggum;10278137]he knocked ndou down once and he probably should have lost the second fight. cotto didn't even do well at lightweight. he beat a bunch of nobodies does that count as doing well? then he lost to juan diaz and…

Comment by lefthook2daliva on 03-24-2011

[QUOTE=KrisSilver;10276430]I simply don't get this fight. Cotto's already beaten him, no way he loses this. Pointless fight imo, especially considering Cotto's talking of retiring within a few fights. He [B][COLOR="DarkRed"][SIZE="5"]rack's[/SIZE][/COLOR][/B] on about avenging his losses. Well then rematch Marg now…

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