The April 27 fight card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to be televised on Showtime® has steadily been improving over the past several days. A night that initially anticipated featuring the recently un-retired Shane Mosley going up against WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi now suddenly carries the WBA/WBC light welterweight title fight between champion Danny Garcia and Zab Judah along with its entire undercard. There is also a possibility that Malignaggi will get his wish and defend his title against hard hitting Argentine Marcos Maidana on the card.
Due to a rib injury sustained by Garcia (25-0, 16 KO's) in training, his world title defense against six-time champion Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KO's) has been rescheduled from February 9 to April 27. This date had been reserved for Malignaggi's second defense of the welterweight title he captured from Vyacheslav Senchenko in April 2012, with previous reports that Mosley would be his opponent upon returning from a short-lived retirement. That match-up was met with an overwhelming amount of criticism as the 41-year old Mosley has not won a fight in four years.
Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KO's) encountered so much backlash from the fans with respect to the notion that he would even contemplate fighting Mosley that he retired as 'Twitter King' last Wednesday, discontinuing banter with his followers and instead using the social media tool to provide fight related updates only. He ultimately rejected the Mosley fight due to financial terms and called out the dangerous Maidana (33-3, 30 KO's) who willingly accepted the challenge and has now been considered an option.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer expressed concern that such a fight would not draw well enough at the new $1 billion Barclay's Center, even though the 32-year old Malignaggi hails from Brooklyn. The inclusion of Garcia-Judah and the rest of the originally scheduled February 9 card that includes WBO middleweight Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin will help fill the enormous venue as both Judah and Quillin have ties to Brooklyn as well.
The Malignaggi-Maidana fight has not yet been confirmed or announced. However, it currently appears in Box Rec which has not been known to be entirely reliable with respect to pending bouts or details, so this information is subject to change. (The listed names in the site pertaining to the upcoming May 4 card featuring Floyd Mayweather Jr. continue to fluctuate on a regular basis.) Yet, the fact that it has made its way into the site might be indication that serious discussions are perhaps underway.
*Snapshot from BoxRec entry - January 28, 2013
Although not yet confirmed, just the possibility of Malignaggi-Maidana is far more appealing than a fight with Mosley. The new April 27 card gives fans something more to look forward to than what had originally been presented.
All tickets purchased for the February 9 event will be honored on April 27.
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