Pablo Cesar Cano will get a crack at Paulie Malignaggi on October 20 in Brooklyn. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Paulie Malignaggi will face Pablo Cesar Cano on October 20 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, headlining the undercard (that's not really possible, but it's nice to say) of the first-ever boxing show at the brand new venue.
Danny Garcia will face Erik Morales in a rematch in the main event, with Showtime televising the card. Peter Quillin, Danny Jacobs, Dmitriy Salita, and Eddie Gomez are also scheduled for undercard slots.
Malignaggi (31-4, 7 KO) tells Michael Woods of ESPN New York that there is a "major fight" in the future, and a long term plan has been made for his career. He won't want to look past 22-year-old Cano (25-1-1, 19 KO), however, because the young Mexican can and will fight hard. Cano lost to Erik Morales last September in a valiant, bloody effort, and beat Johan Perez this past Saturday in Mexico.
It will be Cano's first fight as a welterweight (he's fought at 135 and 140 so far), but Malignaggi isn't a big welterweight, either, so size shouldn't really be a factor.
Personally, I think it's a fine fight. Cano is a compelling young fighter worth watching, and Paulie's Paulie. I actually expect this one could wind up stealing the show if Cano doesn't get badly outboxed, which is possible. If they start going toe-to-toe, though, look out.