Maidana vs Malignaggi: Fighters Hope Golden Boy Can Make February Bout Happen

Paulie Malignaggi called out Marcos Maidana, who accepted the challenge. Now the fighters hope the bout can be put together. (Photo by John Gichigi/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Marcos Maidana and Paulie Malignaggi would like to schedule a bout with one another in February 2012, and both are hoping that their promoters at Golden Boy will get the bout done.

Malignaggi made a friendly challenge to Maidana recently, and the Argentinean slugger has accepted publicly. These comments are from Malignaggi's Twitter:

(1) If ur a fighter, the reason you should be in this sport is to fight the best and most dangerous. Thats why I am here. (2) I want to fight the best and @chinomaidana is one of the best and most feared right now. No one wants a piece of him. (3) ...expect fireworks. We both come and place it all on the line.

Here's what Maidana said his Twitter:

I thank God that @PaulMalignaggi has the balls to fight me, something that others dont despite all they say and write...

Malignaggi also took a little shot at Devon Alexander, saying he could have waited for "you know who" to offer for a fight, adding, "I already had my tune up."

Maidana (31-2, 28 KO) last fought on September 23 in Argentina, easily destroying Petr Petrov in four rounds. He had previously been scheduled to face Robert Guerrero on August 27, but Guerrero pulled out with a shoulder injury. Maidana was reportedly offered a last-minute rematch with Erik Morales on September 17, where he would have replaced Lucas Matthysse, but turned that down due to low money and already having TV, an opponent, and a venue booked for the Petrov bout.

Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KO) moved up to the welterweight division in December 2010, and is 3-0 at the new weight. His wins over Michael Lozada, Jose Miguel Cotto, and most recently Orlando Lora aren't exactly elite-level stuff, but at 30 he still brings a great effort every time out, and he tends to make for entertaining fights against pressure guys.

It would, I think, be kind of interesting to see Maidana at the new weight. Malignaggi still has the skills to thoroughly outbox the crude, slow Maidana, and those who think this would be easy for Marcos might be fooling themselves, in my opinion. Paulie isn't as slick as he used to be, but Maidana is slow and can be very predictable, and it's an open question of whether or not his power moves up in weight with him. And even if it does, Malignaggi has a fantastic chin, and has only been stopped when his corner pulled him out against Ricky Hatton and when the referee stopped him against Amir Khan.

Maybe I'll regret saying this, and I think the bout would be best served as a co-feature on HBO or as a PPV undercard fight below a really quality main event, but I like this one. I think it works for both guys.

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