Saturday, April 27, Paulie Malignaggi (32-4) will defend his WBA welterweight title against Shane Mosley (46-8-1). The bout will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY and televised on Showtime.
For Malignaggi, the bout is an opportunity to add a future hall of famer to his resume as Malignaggi has yet to defeat a fighter of the caliber of Mosley in his career. Though, Malignaggi may not get full credit for a victory over Mosley as it is evident that he will be up against a much older and slower Mosley.
On the other hand, Mosley will be coming out of his short retirement in hopes of capturing another world title. With Mosley posting a record of 0-3-1 in his last four fights, it is evident that he his skill level has diminished with age.
However, it must be noted that those three losses came to some of boxing’s pound for pound best such as Canelo Alvarez, Manny Pacquiao, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Thus, no one should be counting Mosley out in this match up as Malignaggi did not look overly impressive in his prior fight with Pablo Cano (25-1-1).
From a marketing standpoint, both fighters are promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, which was likely one of the main reasons for the fight being made due to the fact that it is the current trend for promoters to keep their fights “in house” within their respective stable of fighters.
Additionally, Ricky Hatton’s recent loss to Vyacheslav Senchenko left Malignaggi searching for a notable opponent that could provide him with a decent payday.
Nevertheless, the boxing world can expect to see Malignaggi attempt to box his way to a victory, while Mosley will likely be looking to land a significant punch that could end the night. It should be interesting to view the outcome of this fight as a comeback victory for Mosley would put an interesting twist in the welterweight division.