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Malignaggi vs. Cano in Talks For Garcia-Morales II Card

By Rick Reeno

Rolando Arellano, manager of WBA interim-junior welterweight champion Pablo Cesar Cano (25-1-1, 19KOs), confirmed to BoxingScene.com that an offer is on the table for his boxer to face WBA welterweight king Paulie Malignaggi (31-4, 7KOs) on October 20th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The event, part of Barclays' grand opening weekend, will be headlined by a junior welterweight rematch between Danny Garcia and Erik Morales.

Showtime and Showtime Extreme will be televising various fights on the card.

This past Saturday in Mexico, Cano scored a big career victory with a majority decision over previously undefeated Johan Perez to capture the WBA's interim-belt. Cano has not accepted the fight with Malignaggi, at least not yet.

"I actually want to speak with [Cano]. I want to actually have the team look at the video [of Malignaggi]. I want to make sure that he's not at an unfair advantage at 147. Once I am assured that we can perform, adequately, at that division, then I will give [Golden Boy CEO] Richard [Schaefer] the final answer. From a management perspective, I think its a good opportunity for him. He's young, he's a good fighter and Paulie Malignaggi is a good fighter also but he doesn't have a big bang," Arellano told BoxingScene.com.

The World Boxing Association recently ordered Cano to face Joan Guzman for the full WBA title at 140-pounds. That doesn't appear to be on Cano's radar right now.

"I don't know about Joan Guzman. I think basically it's not [about] what the WBA wants, [but] it's about what makes sense for my fighter. I appreciate that we're champion, but it is my fighter who is getting the television dates, it is my fighter who is going to be getting on the card at the venue, so I'm not going to let other people dictate who my fighter is going to fight," Arellano said.

Malignaggi, speaking to ESPN New York's Michael Woods, said he won't overlook Cano if the fight is finalized.

"Cano I have to take seriously," he said. "He's a very good body puncher, he'll try to take my legs away. I will take him seriously." 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by daggum on 07-27-2012

what a garbage fight. why doesn't paulie fight guzman if he's fighting 140 pounders. do people think paulie is legit because he beat that tomato can senchenko? that guy was so crap. paulie malignaggi-the guy who would never be champ…

Comment by EdMon917 on 07-27-2012

That's really weak. If this fight is really happening in NY they should do Garcia-Morales and Judah-Cano. Malignaggi is a Welterweight who would outbox this 140 kid who gave the old Morales a good fight.

Comment by Light_Speed on 07-27-2012

So what happens to the WBA 140 lb title? Does Guzman fight the guys ranked just below him? That would be Matthysse, Vargas and Allakhverdiev.

Comment by apocalypto on 07-27-2012

[QUOTE=MJ406;12372917]apparently Cano hasn't agreed to it, IMo it'll probably come down to $$ and Cano can probably make more $$ moving up to Welter to fight Paulie oppose to taking on Guzman[/QUOTE] A paulie fight would be a more "winnable"…

Comment by boxing2106 on 07-27-2012

Damn even Cano is ducking Guzman,wow just wow.

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