Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Maic Man vs Baby Bull

In a classic battle of speed versus power, Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi takes on Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz Saturday night on HBO.

While this matchup doesn’t carry the big names of Mayweather, Pacquaio or Hopkins, the fight should provide a fair amount of entertainment. The Magic Man is 26-2 but has lost against the two fighters he faced that are in the upper echelon of the sport.

Miguel Cotto broke multiple bones in Malignaggi en route to a decision win and Ricky Hatton won by TKO in the 11th round. Unfortunately for Paulie, Diaz is the same type of fighter as his previous conquerors.

Diaz has also struggled as of late and comes into the bout with a 34-2 record. The Houston native put together a very impressive run early in his career, going 33-0 before dropping two-of-three fights over the past two years. Diaz also fought top-notch competition in his losses against Juan Manuel Marquez and Nate Campbell. The Baby Bull was KO’d by Marquez and lost a split decision to Campbell.

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Diaz has fought better competition over the course of his career and has knockout power in his right hand. He is also coming in as the betting favorite at 4-1. As the fight has come closer to fruition, Malignaggi went from being a +300 underdog to +400 while Diaz is hovering around -500 to -550. There is also an OVER/UNDER line set at 11.5 rounds with the OVER tabbed at -250.

Although he is the heavy dog, Malignaggi could provide the big payoff for anyone that loves the long shot. He needs to use his jab and be as elusive as possible. Diaz is known to come in and throw furious combinations and he comes close to letting loose upwards of 100 punches per round. He is also known to fade as the fight progresses.

The Magic Man has a two-inch height advantage along with a three-inch reach advantage but that shouldn’t matter all that much. One of the bigger factors is that the fight is at the Toyota Center, in Diaz’s back yard.

Malignaggi has openly complained about the location as well as the officials scheduled to oversee the action. “You have Gale Von Hoy, a judge from Texas who scored the Chris John-Rocky Juarez fight a draw. Then you have Raul Caiz, a mexican judge from California who is anything but neutral. The referee is Laurence Cole and all you have to do is look him up to see his past,” the Brooklyn based Italian fighter told BoxingScene.com.

This may ignite a fire underneath Malignaggi, but it also may indicate that he has already lost the mental battle before even stepping in the ring. The Magic Man will have to pull out all of his tricks to stop the Baby Bull, but if he does, he could hand a few risk takers a decent amount of cash.

Written By Brian Radewitz

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