Malignaggi looks to win his second straight bout as a welterweight.
Former Junior Welterweight Champ Faces Jose Miguel Cotto this Saturday
Former IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (28-4, 6 KOs) will make his second appearance at the welterweight division this Saturday, with the Brooklyn native set to battle Jose Miguel Cotto (32-2-1, 24 KOs) in Las Vegas. The bout will be part of the Action Heroes card at the MGM Grand, which features Erik Morales taking on Marcos Maidana in the main event.
"We are always working hard, but because we are on the Action Heroes card, we are making sure all superpowers and action techniques are sharp, and we'll be full speed ahead on April 9,” Malignaggi stated.
Never one to back down from high level competition, the Magic Man made his debut for Golden Boy this past December when he scored a sixth round TKO of Michael Lozada in Quebec. The bout was the first of his career at the welterweight division, setting into motion his mission of winning a world title at a second weight class.
Cotto, who has just two losses in 35 professional bouts, hopes that an experienced corner will assist him in slowing the speedy Malignaggi.
"My trainer is Armando Alamo, one of the best young trainers from Puerto Rico,” he said. “My brother, Miguel Cotto, is also with me. I have been with Armando for two years, and we have chemistry like I have never experienced before. Having my brother in my corner gives me profound confidence and tranquility."
Malignaggi became the IBF World Junior Welterweight Champion when he defeated Lovemore N'dou in a 12-round unanimous decision on June 16, 2007. He successfully made his first title defense on January 5, 2008, by taking a unanimous decision over Herman Ngoudjo and then again defeated N’dou the following May. The Magic Man then vacated his title in September of 2008 to fight then-IBO Light Welterweight Champion Ricky Hatton in the main event of a November HBO card in Las Vegas. After a two-bout series with Juan Diaz that ending with a convincing decision win in Chicago, Malinaggi put up a valiant effort in a loss to Amir Khan last May at Madison Square Garden.
Born in Brooklyn, Malinaggi moved to Sicily when he was only a few months old. At the age of six, he moved back to the United States and began boxing when he turned 16 years old, learning his craft at the legendary Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn.