Paulie Malignaggi admits 'doubts' ahead of Danny Garcia fight
Last Updated: 31/07/15 1:36pm
Paulie Malignaggi admits to experiencing 'doubts' but is determined to upset Danny Garcia in New York on Saturday night.
The Brooklyn-born 34-year-old (33-6-KO7) returns to the ring for the first time since April 2014 when he was stopped inside four rounds by Shawn Porter, and has been working with Sky Sports as a pundit in the interim.
In the heavy-hitting Garcia (30-0-KO17), Malignaggi faces a WBA (super) light-welterweight champion who is now campaigning at welterweight - and is adamant he can overcome the lay-off and produce his best in front of vociferous home support.
Malignaggi told World Boxing News: "This is a big opportunity from me, professionally and personally. My career started 14 years ago in Brooklyn and people think it's going to end Saturday in Brooklyn, but I'm not letting that happen.
"It's been an emotional camp. I find myself thrust back into the limelight of a major fight when it was least expected. The question marks and doubts come up in my mind and that's made it emotional. I work hard every day. I've quietly had one of my best training camps.
I find myself thrust back into the limelight of a major fight when it was least expected. The question marks and doubts come up in my mind and that's made it emotional.
"There are no excuses here. Saturday night is the best of Paulie Malignaggi. I look forward to testing myself against the best Danny Garcia. I've always loved and relished the big names and the big opportunities.
"Quietly but surely, I'm very confident about Saturday night. I'm bringing my best."
Garcia, who famously stopped Amir Khan in four rounds three years ago, is sure the step up in weight will play to his strengths.
The 27-year-old said: "We had a tremendous camp, I've never felt so strong in my life. For the first time in my career I can actually train to get better. We're just focused on training. We did everything in camp - we even chased chickens.
"I accomplished a lot at 140 pounds and I'm going to do a lot at 147. On Saturday at Barclays Center you're going to see a spectacular Danny Garcia.
"I've watched Paulie fight my whole career. He's a tough veteran and I'm sure he's got some tricks up his sleeve. I just have to go in there and stick to business."
On a big night of action in the Big Apple, Daniel Jacobs is also in action, defending his WBA middleweight title against Sergio Mora.