Malignaggi talks Khan-Garcia, Hatton bout

Our man Paul Malignaggi is off his Twitter duty, momentarily, prepping to work BBC radio for Saturday night's Amir Khan-Danny Garcia junior welterweight showdown in Las Vegas. The Bensonhurst-bred boxer is doing double duty in Vegas, working that media gig, and also checking in with promoter Golden Boy, figuring out what's next on his to-do list.

We've heard rumors that Ricky Hatton might not have shrugged off his boxing jones, that the Manchester hitter, who retired following his KO2 loss to Manny Pacquiao in May 2009, might be lacing up again. And that he might tap Malignaggi, whom he defeated via TKO11 victory six months before the Pacman loss, to be his comeback dance partner. Any truth to that, Paulie?

"I am curious about Hatton," he told me. "I spoke to (Golden Boy's) Richard Schaefer and right now the Hatton stuff is strictly speculation but Golden Boy matchmaker Robert Diaz is in England for the David Haye-Dereck Chisora fight and he is looking into it."

In my mind, Malignaggi would be the favorite going into that bout, as I think a rust-dusted Hatton would have a hard time with his speed this time around.

And who does Paulie like in the Khan-Garcia scrap? Keep in mind Khan had his best night as a pro when he beat Malignaggi in May 2010 (TKO11), in NYC.

"I think Khan's speed will be too much but Garcia is no punk, he will come to fight," the WBA welterweight champion told me.

Readers, who do you like in the Khan-Garcia tangle, which will run on HBO?