WBA welterweight champion is hoping for a 2013 rematch with
Ricky Hatton after he scored a split decision victory over tough
Mexican Pablo Cesar Cano in Brooklyn last night.
"The Magic Man" was knocked to the canvas from a right hand in
the eleventh round, but got back up and hung on to take a tight
Two of the judges scored it 114-113 in the American's favour,
while a third had it 118-109 the other way.
"I thought I won the fight. I thought I won pretty handily,"
said Malignaggi, afterwards. "He was pressing the action but he
wasn't laying a lot of shots.
"I got a little bit lazy. I was controlling the action. He came
over the top and he got me good. But I felt like I won the
Even if he had have won, Cano wouldn't have become the champion
because he failed to make the 147lbs weight limit.
Malignaggi added that it would be "an honour" to face Hatton
again, who stopped him in 11 rounds in late 2008.