The push to hype boxing's debut at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn is ramping up. Paul Malignaggi is taking the red-eye from LA to NYC tonight, and will be in NYC till Saturday. He'll attend the Thursday press conference in Brooklyn, with the other principals on the card, like Danny Garcia and Erik Morales, who'll take part in a rematch, with Garcia's WBA and WBC welter belts up for grabs.
Malignaggi's WBA 147-pound crown is on the line against Mexican Pablo Cano on Oct. 20, on a packed card also featuring NYCer Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin, Brooklyner Daniel "The Golden Child" Jacobs, ex-champ Luis Collazo, the Bronx's rising star Eddie Gomez, former title challenger Dmitriy Salita of Flatbush and local prospect Boyd Melson. Tickets start at $50 and go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, August 29 at 10:00 a.m. ET and will be available at www.barclayscenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, or at 800-745-3000.
Malignaggi, the pride of Bensonhurt, will be in Da 'Hurst on Friday night, signing autographs and posing for pics at the 18th Avenue (St. Rosalia) Festival.
So, is fight night far enough away, so Paulie can sneak an Italian sausage hero, with a side of deep-fried Oreos, at the festival? "Nor zeppoles," Malignaggi answered, with a chuckle.