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.