Paulie Malignaggi again critical of Manny Pacquiao over drug testing

Manny PacquiaoPaulie Malignaggi was at it again last week criticizing Manny Pacquiao and insinuating the Filipino champion has been on performance-enhancing drugs during his career.

Malignaggi’s accusations about Pac-Man go back to 2009 when he was suspicious of the Filipino fighter’s ability to seemingly gain power as he went up in weight classes. As recently as April, the Brooklyn-born fighter and boxing analyst took some shots at Pacquiao, saying he’s not a very good or intelligent fighter.

On Monday, Malignaggi fired off multiple tweets aimed at Pacquiao over the Filipino ducking drug testing during his career.

I don’t give credit to guys who hide and duck from random drug testing while accomplishing things that seem pretty amazing,” Malignaggi wrote to start his Twitter rant.

Paq should have been the first to volunteer for those random tests when he was destroying people while constantly jumping weight classes,” he continued. “Instead, he ducked and dodged them. So no, until I see a destructive Pacquiao performance for a fight in which he submitted to random drug testing, I will not give that credit.

This sport needs to be take in the right direction and a guy with his popularity should have been the first one to set the example and volunteer for it. Instead he dodged it during a time when he shouldn’t. Which leads anyone to wonder if that was the whole reason for his sky rocketing 2 fame in the first place.”

I’ve expressed many of the same thoughts about Pacquiao’s ascension as Malignaggi did, so it’s hard to say he doesn’t have multiple valid points.

Paulie, who is 33-6 in his career with only 7 knockouts, says he has been clean throughout his entire career and that he can look himself in the mirror knowing that. Can Pacquiao say the same?

Paulie Malignaggi talks retirement after loss to Shawn Porter

Paulie MalignaggiPaulie Malignaggi was demolished by Shawn Porter during their welterweight fight on Saturday in D.C., and the 33-year-old fighter began talking retirement after his defeat.

Paulie went down twice in the fourth — the first time looked like a potential slip after a punch to the back of the head — but the second was indisputable. Malignaggi was throttled by Porter, who belted him several times and knocked him out to the point that the ropes could no longer keep him up.

Referee Sam Williams called an end to the fight when Paulie went down, marking the sixth defeat of the Magic Man’s career.

In his postfight interview with Showtime’s Jim Gray, Malignaggi talked like a man who was seriously considering calling it a career.

“I told [Porter] to go be great so if I do retire right now — I’m not sure I don’t want to make emotional decisions — I don’t want to do it all by losing to an average champion, I want to do it losing to a great champion, so I can say if this is my last fight, I lost to a great champion,” Malignaggi said of what he told Porter after the fight.

Gray then asked a follow-up question about whether Malignaggi is going to retire.

“I dunno, I can’t really think about that right now. If I give you an answer right now, I’ll tell you I’ll stop fighting, but maybe I’ll change my mind. I’m going to go home and think about it.”

That’s usually the case. Whether it’s boxing or MMA, most fighters who make impetuous decisions after getting the crud kicked out of them end up changing their minds. When a bad loss is fresh in your mind, you don’t want to experience it again. But a few months down the road when you’re all healed, bored, and looking for something to get your juices going again, your mind usually changes. I’m guessing that will happen with Malignaggi, who also enjoys the payday fights bring.

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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