|Pablo Cesar Cano after his victory over Johan Perez.|
"I actually want to speak with [Cano]. I want to actually have the team look at the video [of Malignaggi]. I want to make sure that he's not an unfair advantage at 147. Once I am assured that we can perform adequately at that then I will give Richard Schaefer the final answer. From a management perspective, I think it's a good opportunity for him. He's young, he's a good fighter and Paulie Malignaggi is a good fighter also but he doesn't have a big bang," Arellano told BoxingScene.com.
Cano is actually coming off of a career-best performance against previously undefeated Johan Perez last Saturday (July 21st). With the victory he captured the WBA light-welterweight interim title. Malignaggi is also coming off a fantastic performance where he won the WBA welterweight title against highly-ranked Ukrainian Serhiy Fedchenko.
Malignaggi claims that if a fight with Cano does come off, he will not overlook the young fighter.
"Cano I have to take seriously," he said. "He's a very good body puncher, he'll try to take my legs away. I will take him seriously."
I think this would be a good fight to take for both men. Malignaggi is looking to make the first defence of his title and Cano is the perfect fighter to do it against. He's the not the most talented fighter out there but he's still a relatively big name that will attract a few fans. And it's an even better opportunity for Cano. If he beats Malignaggi it will be a huge career-boost for him at exactly the right time.
We will have more news on the status of the fight in the near future.