Danny Garcia vs Paulie Malignaggi, Daniel Jacobs vs Sergio Mora & Prichard Colon vs Michael Finney
BY KID HERSH
PBS on ESPN (not ESPN 2!) from the Barclays Center in New York. First up, after Teddy Atlas showed that he might have as much energy as the fighters about to enter the ring, was Danny Jacobs (29-1, 26ko's) vs Sergio Mora (28-3-2, 9ko's). Mora got going early and was very active, leaving himself open for right hands, with Jacobs landing one that floored him midway through the round. Mora got up and was circling the ring to buy time when Jacobs was chasing him around and left himself open for a left hook when he had Mora on the ropes that put him down! We have ourselves a fight and a tough first round to score. A minute into the second round Jacobs landed a left hand that had Mora backpeddling. Mora then looked like he wasn't in the fight until near the end of the round he went down hard on his right leg. It was ruled a knockdown and the fight was ended shortly after when he got up but was limping around, claiming it was broken. The replay showed that it was indeed an odd angle.
There was a filler fight next with Prichard Colon (14-0, 10ko's) vs Michael Finney (12-3-1, 10ko's). Colon showed that his class is indeed superior in the first round as he unleashed left hooks a plenty in the first round, nailing the mark with ease while moving about the ring. Finney looked befuddled. Finney took too many in the second round, a little over a minute in, when a series of vicious right hands basically put him out on his feet and dropped him. The first right hand that started it was something of beauty, as he stepped straight into it and knocked Finney senseless.
Next up was the main event with Danny Garcia (30-0, 17ko's) vs Paulie Malignaggi (33-6, 7ko's). In the first round Pauli showed a lot of energy and was light on his feet. Garcia was surprisingly not throwing much, but when he did he landed hard right hands. The second round was very similar to the first and pretty tough to score just like the first. The third round saw Paulie bleeding from the left eye from a Garcia left hook. Both men put in good body work in the third round. In the fourth round Garcia looked like he was slowly amping up the intensity as Paulie was becoming unravelled by the end of the round, again with his left eye bleeding. Garcia is getting closer and closer to Paulie as the rounds go on. Garcia continued coming forward in the fifth round but just couldn't hit Paulie flush - with the veteran still being fairly elusive, or at least elusive enough to not take flush shots. In the next couple rounds Paulie's face was getting more and more beat up looking as Garcia continued plodding forward and missing lots of shots but the ones that he did land did damage. In the eighth round Garcia was really opening up more and sitting down on his shots. Paulie was taking serious punishment now and looking pretty beat up from Garcia's shots, which are coming on harder and harder. Before the ninth round started the doctors took a look at Paulie - who of course said that he wanted to continue. Garcia continued piling on the punishment and when he threw a flurry at the end of the round Arthur Mercante put a stop to the action after Paulie was stumbling back in the ring and into the ropes. Paulie announced his retirement after the fight, saying that he didn't want to give in during the fight but he just could not keep Garcia off of him.