Paulie Malignaggi: Canelo Alvarez is ready for Miguel Cotto, not Floyd Mayweather

Paulie Malignaggi, who served as a ringside analyst for Showtime during Canelo Alvarez's last fight, says the young Mexican superstar is ready for Miguel Cotto, but not for Floyd Mayweather.

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On Canelo Alvarez:

"Canelo is impressive each and every time out, for different reasons. Mainly, because he's an improving fighter. Every time he comes out, he shows me something different. I'd like to see him improve on his defense. Josesito was still able to land punches, even if he wasn't hurting Canelo, but offensively, (Canelo) was just incredible. The varied attack, the fact that he punches from several different angles, the upstairs-downstairs. He's just as lethal to the body as he is to the head, which is incredible, and he can punch with both hands. I was impressed."

On Canelo against Floyd Mayweather or Miguel Cotto:

"I don't think Canelo's ready for Mayweather, but I would be curious to see him with Cotto, because neither guy is shy about getting in the trenches. Both guys love to go to the body. Both guys have seen that defensively they're a little bit flawed, and they're hittable. I think it's a Fight of the Year candidate. I think it really, really has potential to be explosive, but let's see what Cotto does with Austin Trout first. Trout is going into harsh territory. Fighting Cotto in the Garden is tough. But if Cotto comes through Austin Trout, I'd be curious to see how Cotto-Canelo turns out. I think that's got a lot of potential."

On Malignaggi's own next fight, against Pablo Cesar Cano:

"Pablo Cesar Cano at Barclays Center on October 20th in Brooklyn, I'm very excited about it. It's gonna be a special night, and I'm preparing very hard to impress my fans and friends and family. ... Too many (have asked me for tickets), man. Too many. I think I'm shuttin' my phone off before October."

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