Paul Malignaggi vs. Danny Garcia Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/1/15
Danny Garcia vs. Paul Malignaggi
Boxing: Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Malignaggi +850 / Garcia -1300 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Paul Malignaggi and Danny Garcia square off Saturday night at the Barclays Center on ESPN2.
Paul Malignaggi enters this fight with a 33-6 record that includes seven knockouts. Malignaggi has split his last four fights and is coming off a April 2014 loss to Shawn Porter. Malignaggi is one of the smarter boxers in the sport, and he’s terrific defensively. Malignaggi does a great job of controlling the match and has a strong chin if it’s going to go the distance. In fact, six of Malignaggi’s last eight victories have been decided by decision. Malignaggi’s weakness is that he has very little power, as he has just seven knockouts, and that power gets worse and worse as he’s approaching 35 years old. You also have to wonder how Malignaggi is going to perform after taking 14 months off. This is Malignaggi’s 17th fight in New York, his hometown.
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Danny Garcia enters this fight with a 30-0 record that includes 17 knockouts. Garcia is coming off an April victory over Lamont Peterson, and this will be the fourth time fighting since 2014. Despite not a ton of recent knockouts, Garcia packs solid power in both hands. Garcia is also a patient fighter who is going to take what his opponent gives him and not force the issue. Garcia doesn’t necessarily do anything spectacular, but he does a lot of things good, which is why he’s been so tough to beat over the years. The concern with Garcia is that his hand speed doesn’t matchup to his Swift nickname, and his opponent can avoid some of his punches if he moves him around the ring. This will be Garcia’s fifth time fighting in New York.
Garcia has struggled in the past with defensive fighters who move around and make him work. So, Malignaggi has more of a shot than what the odds indicate. However, Garcia is the overall better fighter and should still find a way to win like he has in all of his bouts. Malignaggi is way past his prime, far older and is simply outmatched here.
Garcia wins in the fifth or sixth round.