3 More Rounds

Garcia, Malignaggi ready to go

Photo: Lucas Noonan / Premier Boxing Champions

Photo: Lucas Noonan / Premier Boxing Champions

On Saturday ¬†night, Danny Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) will make his official debut at 147 pounds, despite competing at catchweights above the junior welterweight limit in recent fights. Garcia, who was the unified champ at 140-pounds, finally had to relinquish those titles as he could no longer continue to fight in a lower division, and on Saturday night, he’ll take on former welterweight titlist Danny Garcia on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN.

“We had a tremendous camp, I’ve never felt so strong in my life. For the first time in my career I can actually train to get better,” said Garcia during yesterday’s final press conference in Brooklyn. “I accomplished a lot at 140-pounds and I’m going to do a lot at 147. On Saturday at Barclays Center you’re going to see a spectacular Danny Garcia.”

Garcia is coming off two straight wins against Rod Salka and Lamont Peterson, after five successful title defenses, and is now looking to make a splash at welterweight.

“Everything is better at 147. I feel stronger. My form feels good. The footwork is great. I can eat regularly now. Still disciplined but it’s a lot easier,” added Garcia. “I pay attention to the positive things in my career and that’s getting in the gym and working hard and getting better. That’s my main focus.”


As for Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs), it’s been a turbulent past two years, as he first lost a split decision to Adrien Broner in a 2013 fight that many felt he deserved to win, followed by a decision win against former two-division champ Zab Judah, and then was TKO’d in April 2014 by Shawn Porter – a fight that many wondered if it would be “The Magic Man’s” last.

“It’s been an emotional camp. I find myself thrust back into the limelight of a major fight when it was least expected. The question marks and doubts come up in my mind and that’s made it emotional. I work hard every day. I’ve quietly had one of my best training camps,” declared Malignaggi.

“There are no excuses here. Saturday night is the best of Paulie Malignaggi. I look forward to testing myself against the best Danny Garcia. I’ve always loved and relish the big names and the big opportunities. Sometimes I lay in bed at night thinking about matchups between fighters. Now I’m thinking of myself in that conversation and we’ll fin out on Saturday how I stack up.”

ESPN will televise the fight from the Barclays Center, along with the co-featured bout of Danny Jacobs vs. Sergio Mora beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

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