Paulie Malignaggi: I don’t rate Manny Pacquiao as a very good or intelligent fighter

Paulie MalignaggiManny Pacquiao’s win over Timothy Bradley last weekend helped boost the Filipino fighter’s status among the best in the world, but Paulie Malignaggi remains unimpressed.

Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KOs) is coming off a win over Zab Judah and will face Shawn Porter (23-0-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday in Washington DC. He’s doing some interviews to promote the fight, and he made some shocking comments about Pac-Man in the process.

While speaking with ESPN’s Dan Rafael, Malignaggi downplayed Porter’s experience sparring with Pacquiao by taking a few shots at the Filipino champion.

“Once you become world champion I think you set yourself apart from the rest of the class, and Shawn did that by winning the world championship,” Malignaggi told Rafael. “All that other bulls— about sparring with Manny Pacquiao and all that, I don’t rate Manny Pacquiao as a very good fighter. I don’t rate him as a very intelligent fighter, actually. So all that other bulls— about the sparring and all that stuff, it really, for me, goes in one ear and out the other. But what Shawn did to Devon was very impressive, and certainly it put him in a different light in a lot of different ways, in a more positive way.”

Well, that certainly came out of nowhere.

I could understand people dropping Pacquiao down a few pegs after the decision loss to Bradley and the knockout defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez, though I would have disagreed. But after he soundly beat Bradley in the rematch, I really can’t understand how a boxing analyst like Malignaggi could say that about Manny.

Pacquiao has been a very good fighter throughout his career and is still a very good fighter. As far as him not being very intelligent as a fighter, I think his speed and skill is so good that it stands out above everything else. In other words, Pacquiao doesn’t really have to outfox opponents because he’s just better.

So what prompted Malignaggi’s comments?

Malignaggi’s shots at Pacquiao could be rooted in distrust. Several years ago, Paulie said he believed Pacquiao was on steroids. He’s maintained that belief in recent times. Maybe Malignaggi doesn’t give Pac-Man respect simply because he believes he’s cheating.

Paulie Malignaggi doesn’t have to worry about his girlfriend this time

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Paulie Malignaggi avoided the sideshow he experienced during his June fight with Adrien Broner in the lead up to his fight on Saturday against Zab Judah in Brooklyn.

Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) and Judah (42-8, 29 KOs) are both from Brooklyn and have a lot of respect for each other. There was little trash talked exchanged between them ahead of their big fight. That’s a huge contrast to what happened in June.

You may recall that Broner brought Malignaggi’s ex-girlfriend Jessica Corazon to press conferences ahead of their fight and even put her on the phone for reporters. He was claiming that he stole Corazon from Malignaggi.

Then, after winning a split decision, Broner boasted on live TV that he took Malignaggi’s belt and his girl. Malignaggi hilariously disputed the claim by saying Corazon was nothing more than his “sidepiece.” The back-and-forth exchange caught many people off guard:

Was Corazon just a prop in the whole thing used by Broner to drum up publicity for his fight? Or was he really with Corazon? It’s hard to say but, about a month later, Corazon seemed to have a new boyfriend. She also seemed to indicate she was paid to do what she did.

Here’s what she tweeted after the initial fight:

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Paulie Malignaggi implies fight was fixed, says judge was in Al Haymon’s pocket

Paulie MalignaggiPaulie Malignaggi was upset with the way one of the judges scored his split decision loss to Adrien Broner on Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and he even accused the judge of being paid off by Broner’s manager.

Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) lost his WBA welterweight title belt to Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) via split decision. Two judges had the fight scored 115-113, which means they each had it 7 rounds to 5, but in favor of different fighters. Glenn Feldman scored it 115-113 for Broner, while Tom Miller had it 115-113 for Malignaggi.

The outlier of the group was judge Tom Schreck, who scored it 117-111, meaning he gave 9 rounds to Broner and only three to Malignaggi. Malignaggi thought that was absurd, and even accused Schreck of being paid off by Broner’s manager, Al Haymon, who also manages Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“Tom Schreck is a New York judge that was in Al Haymon’s pocket,” Malignaggi said in his postfight interview with Showtime’s Jim Gray. “It’s very simple. 117-111 was a joke. This was a close fight. I don’t even mind if you had him winning close or if you had me winning close, it was really that kind of fight. I’m not an immature kid like [Broner].

“The fight could have gone either way.”

After Malignaggi accused Schreck of being paid off, Gray followed up and asked if Malignaggi thought the fight was fixed.

“I’m not saying it was fixed,” Malignaggi began, “but it’s always the politically more connected fighter who gets the close decisions, and this was no different. It always happens.”

Malignaggi continued to rant about the scoring.

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Adrien Broner makes Paulie Malignaggi’s ex-girlfriend Jessica Corazon central story

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Adrien Broner made Paulie Malignaggi’s ex-girlfriend Jessica Corazon a central figure in the buildup to their Saturday fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and he continued to taunt Malignaggi over the issue after their fight ended.

In May, Broner introduced Jessica to the media by calling her on his cell phone and putting her on speakerphone during a press conference. Broner also brought Jessica to their press conference on Thursday, causing a shouting match between Broner and Malignaggi, according to the New York Daily News.

Jessica even did an interview with The Ring:

“[Being the center of attention is] a little crazy,” Corazon told The Ring. “I think Paulie’s crazy, I’m just here to support Adrien, and that’s what I’m doing.”

Corazon also explained her relationship history with Malignaggi.

“I dated Paulie for like six and a half, seven months, then he got a little physical, and I stopped talking to him. He’s embarrassed because obviously I’m fighting his opponent,” she said, likely meaning supporting instead of “fighting.”

In an interview with iPressFilmz, Corazon said she met Malignaggi at a club and that they went out on some dates after that. She says the two continued to talk as Malignaggi trained in Los Angeles, and she says she even attended the Brooklyn native’s November fight against Pablo Cesar Cano.

But at some point things went sour between the two, and Jessica now supports Broner.

“Adrien’s a really great person. I think he’s an exceptional boxer,” she told iPressFilmz.

Malignaggi has a different view of their relationship. He gave his side of the story in an interview with Thaboxingvoice.com.

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Paulie Malignaggi: Adrien Broner’s knockout power is overrated

Paulie MalignaggiAdrien Broner is one of the best knockout artists in boxing, but that is not a concern for Paulie Malignaggi. At least, that’s what the Brooklyn native is saying leading up to their welterweight fight on Saturday.

Broner and Malignaggi will meet at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday with Malignaggi’s WBA welterweight champion belt on the line. Broner is 26-0 with 22 knockouts. Malignaggi is 32-4 with only seven knockouts. Malignaggi has won five fights in a row after losing three in a span of five fights, including defeats to Ricky Hatton, Juan Diaz, and Amir Khan. Just a glance at the numbers suggest that Paulie would struggle against a guy with so much knockout power, but he says that is not a concern.

“We’ll show him just how we live and show him just how weak he is. His power is overrated,” Malignaggi told reporters on Tuesday.

Paulie then said Broner’s impressive record was a reflection of poor competition.

“I could have knocked out 20 garbage men or laundromat workers too, but I chose to fight real opponents in my career.”

Broner has only gone the distance once in the last three years, and that came in a unanimous decision victory over Daniel Ponce de Leon two years ago. Malignaggi indicates he plans to continue a pattern he has established throughout his career and take Broner the distance.

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Manny Pacquiao Plans to Sue one Steroids Accuser but Fight Another

In one of the greatest paradoxes I’ve seen in sports, Manny Pacquiao and his camp are making making themselves look even worse for their recent decisions. The madness began a few days ago when the agreement between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao to fight on March 13th began to fall through. Pacquiao began backing out of the fight because he didn’t want to submit to olympic-style drug testing. Manny’s promoter, Bob Arum, then went on a verbal assault trying to come up with every possible angle to spin the reason for why Pacquiao is backing out. Pacman is even going on the offensive now, saying he’s going to sue for defamation over the allegations. In the meantime (and this is my favorite part of the story), Arum says he’s in the process of arranging a fight with Paulie Malignaggi for the same March 13th date. This is the same Paulie Malignaggi who ALSO accused Pacquiao of using PEDs:

The level we have of testing in boxing is not really that deep. I mean, we have urine tests on the day of the fight and we don’t have much else…there’s things that don’t come up in drug tests. There’s ways to beat drug tests.

Manny Pacquiao is the first guy in history, and he might be the special thing that everybody says he is, he might be, the first guy in history to go up in weight and knock out more people as he goes up in weight than he did when he was smaller. He might be that special person. Me, I think that looks a little fishy. I think that’s a little bit fishy.

So let me get this straight, it’s fine to accuse Manny Pacquiao of using steroids or performance-enhancers so long as you don’t demand he submits to strict drug testing? Good, just wanted to make sure I had that straight. This should put an end to the debates about Pacquiao and Arum’s motive. Manny complaining that having his blood drawn will sap him of his power is like one of those people who claim they can levitate so long as nobody is watching. Uh huh. The onus is on Pacquiao here and he should submit to Olympic-style testing if he has nothing to hide. End of story.

Paulie Malignaggi: Ringside Judge from Texas F***ed Me in Juan Diaz Fight

paulie-malignaggiLet me first say that I did not get to watch Paul Malignaggi’s fight with Juan Diaz over the weekend. If I had, I would have seen what was apparently a pretty close fight. Well, a pretty close fight in the eyes of everyone except Gale Van Hoy, one of the judges sitting ringside. Hoy had the fight 118-110 in favor of Diaz, while the other two judges had the Malignaggi losing the fight by much closer margins of 115-113 and 116-112. Hoy had it 10 rounds to 2 and Paulie, as relayed by Deadspin, has an idea why:

“I’ve been watching boxing a long time and you don’t see too many good decisions in Texas with out of towners against Texas fighters. I don’t know who to blame. I put my two cents in before. I didn’t want Gale Van Hoy and I didn’t want Raul Caiz.

118-110 was Gale Van Hoy d*cking it to me. He bent me over and he f*cked me. I said before the fight that this guy never goes against a Texas fighter in the state of Texas. I complained about him and he did it to me on purpose. There is no way that anybody won that fight 118-110. I didn’t beat Juan 118-110 and Juan didn’t beat me 118-110. Gale Van Hoy filled out his score card and said ‘let me f**k Paulie Malignaggi because he talked s**t.”

Malignaggi went on to say that this is why boxing has no popularity left. It’s actually a similar reason why I got turned off of boxing about three years ago. I went to a small-level card in central California (Arreola and Paul Williams were on it) and watched every decision go in favor of the fighters for the guys promoting the card. It’s hard to watch something where judges are paid off or holding personally biases. We see it all the time. I’m guessing Paulie was on the mark. The only difference is it would have been a unanimous decision regardless and he would have been on the losing end no matter what.