Paulie Malignaggi and Adrien Broner are good talkers. On Saturday night they have to show how good they are at boxing. Malignaggi is as good with his mouth as he is with his fists; so proficient when talking about the sweet science that Showtime uses him as a commentator when he is not in the ring.
Broner is not a bad talker himself, though much of what he says could not be repeated, even on late night cable. It's his punching that speaks louder. He has developed a reputation as a knockout artist, winning titles at junior lightweight and lightweight and beating everyone put in front of him.
The two meet in Brooklyn, when Broner moves up two weight classes to challenge Malignaggi in his hometown for his WBA welterweight title.
"You always strive to get to fights like this," Malignaggi said this week. "That's what we live for as fighters. You dream of that moment so it's a motivating factor to be a part of something like this."
"In boxing, if it isn't Adrien Broner or Floyd Mayweather, then I don't really see anybody," Broner said. "He (Malignaggi) wouldn't be a world champion if he wasn't somebody, but at the end of the day he's fighting Adrien Broner and I will be the ruler of boxing in about a year or two."
Malignaggi seemed to be on the downside of his career after losses to the likes of Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan, but he revived it when he travelled to Ukraine last April and upset Vyacheslav Senchenko, who was previously unbeaten, with a ninth-round stoppage to win a piece of the welterweight title.
He defended it with a split decision over Pablo Cesar Cano in October; a fight in which he was down in the eleventh round. Now he faces the big punching Broner, who has stopped 22 opponents in winning all 26 his fights.
"He's a little guy and he's going to see how overrated his power is," Malignaggi said. "I think they were better off letting him fight a lightweight or someone below that. He's fighting this bigger guy all in one jump, so I don't think that was the most intelligent move on his team's part."