As was expected, the rescheduled IBF welterweight title fight between Randall Bailey and Devon Alexander has been officially added to Golden Boy and Showtime's October 20 debut at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, making for another quadrupleheader.
In the main event that night, Danny Garcia will rematch Erik Morales with Garcia's WBC and WBA Super junior welterweight titles on the line. Brooklyn's own Paulie Malignaggi will defend his WBA welterweight belt against Pablo Cesar Cano. And in what could be the most evenly-matched and best fight of the night, Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam will defend the WBO middleweight title against Peter Quillin.
So no matter what you think of titles, if anything at all, we've got four world title fights on one Showtime card here, and while it's true that there's no "can't miss" sort of fight, it's a legitimately very good card that should be fine entertainment, and frankly, I think GBP and Showtime need to be commended for putting together this sort of event. These quadrupleheader efforts are among my favorite developments in boxing this year.
I'm also genuinely excited just to see boxing at a brand-new, state of the art venue, and see how the crowd reacts, and what size of audience they can pull in for what really is a genuine effort at promoting a really good show to get things started at the building.
As for Alexander vs Bailey, I still have the exact same thoughts I had when it was scheduled for September 8: If Bailey lands the right hand, he can win. He's underskilled compared to opponents all the time. It doesn't matter. He is still the pound-for-pound hardest puncher in the sport. Nobody blows guys up as routinely as he does when he can land that right hand. Alexander should be the favorite -- he's the "house fighter," in that his promoter is promoting the show, and frankly he's just a better overall fighter. But when you punch like Bailey, "better overall" can disappear in a heartbeat, along with your awareness of where, exactly, you are right now.
I'm looking forward to that fight and to this card. We've all paid for pay-per-views a lot worse than this.