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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Malignaggi-Barclays update

By Michael Woods

The summer is winding down, if I am to believe all the back-to-school sales I am seeing in circulars. So, that means the October 20 debut of boxing at the Barclays Center is getting closer. The presumed headliner, Paulie Malignaggi, still hasn't received word that his status is cemented, he tells ESPN New York.

"I'm still waiting on something to pop as far as the opponent is concerned," said the WBA welterweight champion who grew up in Bensonhurst. "My promoter, Golden Boy, would like to keep me on as the main event but that will depend on if the opponent is a big enough name. The Barclays arena deserves a big main event in its opening show. We are trying to see if we can be a part of that."

Considering the boxer is front and center in billboards for the building, gosh, I'd think and hope that he'd be the headliner on opening night.

Advisor Anthony Catanzaro likes alleged comeback Ricky Hatton as that "big enough name."

"I feel that would be a dream fight if we can make Malignaggi versus Hatton for October 20th," he said. "If not, Malignaggi versus Dmitriy Salita or Jan Zaveck would be very entertaining bull versus matador type-of-fights."

So, is Hatton really coming back after being out of the ring since the summer of 2009, when he got stopped by Manny Pacquiao in the second round?

"It looks like, from what we hear and the pictures we saw, that he has definitely been in the gym," Catanzaro said.

A potential mix-muddler is the fact that Brit Amir Khan, just off a shocker stoppage loss to Danny Garcia, mentioned the Mancunian Hatton as a possibility for his next bout. That would be a mongo fight in the UK.

Would you rather see Malignaggi-Hatton II, to see if Paulie can avenge his Nov. 2008 TKO loss to the Hitman? Or, an all-Brit showdown, between Khan, with that compromised chin, and a rust-covered Hatton?

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