icon Updated at 12:17 AM EST, Fri Jan 26, 2018

Malignaggi To Critics: Garcia-Rios is Fun Fight, What's The Problem?

By Radio Rahim

On February 17th from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, two-division world champion Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) returns to the ring in a welterweight showdown with Brandon Rios (34-3-1, 25 KOs), who had previously won a world title at 135-pounds.

The contest will be the first fight for Garcia since losing a twelve round decision in his unification with Keith Thurman at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Rios returned to the ring last year, snapping a lengthy layoff with a stoppage victory over durable opponent Aaron Herrera.

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The fight has received a lot of criticism - but former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi disagrees with the bulk of the incoming complaints.

Win or lose, he believes Rios is going to make it a very entertaining fight for as long as it lasts.

"I think Danny is favored. He's the younger guy, the fresher guy," Malignaggi explained to BoxingScene.com.

"Here is the thing, don't we watch fights to be entertained? Why are we judging fights on paper? We watch fights to be entertained. Does Brandon not entertain us every time that he's in the ring. He might still lose to Danny, but don't you want to be entertained?

"What is the entertainment... only if Danny loses? I don't understand what the problem is, with him fighting Brandon Rios, when Danny is coming off a one year layoff. Brandon always entertains, Brandon always comes to fight. And if you don't come ready, Brandon will eat you up - because he always comes ready to throw a lot of punches, get in your chest and fight. So I think it's a fan-friendly fight.

"I think Brandon still has a very good chin. Until he shows me a chink in the armor, I'm going to continue to think that he has a very good chin. He's been in there with some good punchers and he hasn't wavered, so I think its a good, fun fight. And that's the point of it, the point is to get entertained."