Report: Garcia-Morales II to top Barclays boxing opener

July, 25, 2012
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A rematch between Danny Garcia, the Philly boxer who doesn't do any one thing in superior fashion, but win, and the Mexican legend Erik Morales will top the debut of boxing at the still-being-built Barclays arena in Brooklyn, according to a report on the website Boxing Scene.

Day-to-day head of Golden Boy Promotions Richard Schaefer used the word "headline" in the story to describe Garcia-Morales II. The story says the card will be called "Brooklyn Pride."

I messaged Golden Boy to ask that the information in the story is correct. A spokesperson said that they have heard that Garcia-Morales II will head up the building boxing debut, but nothing has been confirmed.

Garcia beat Morales in March, via unanimous decision, and won the WBC junior welterweight crown, a vacated strap because the 35 year-old hitter Morales came in over the weight. Garcia, age 24, beat Amir Khan, the WBA junior welter crownholder, on July 14 (TKO4), so he is a hot property in the realm. Morales hasn't gloved up since that loss, and this tussle will be seen as something of a headshaker among many pundits and fans. If indeed the event is to be called "Brooklyn Pride," no doubt there will be some vociferous shaking of heads among fans of Bensonhurst bred Paulie Malignaggi, who was thought to be the leader to get the top slot to open Barclays. A message to Malignaggi, the WBA 147 pound champion who will no doubt appear high atop the event card, was not returned immediately.
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.

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