By Rick Reeno
MGM Grand, Las Vegas – There were plenty of embarrassed faces and women placing their hands over their ears at the official press conference to announce the welterweight fight between Paulie Malignaggi and Adrien Broner, taking place on June 22nd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Malignaggi and Broner turned Saturday’s press conference into a vile war of words – as they exchanged verbal bombs over a woman that Malignaggi loosely dated in the past. The woman in question is now dating Broner.
"I'm going to bring a guest [to the show], who is now one of my closest friends now...Jessica, or Jess as he used to call her. She is my sweetheart right now. And she told me some things. Last week at the Barclays, she came to my hotel room. She was depressed because [Team Malignaggi] sent threatening messages and stuff like that, Pete and Paulie. They were threatening to do this and threatening to do that,” Broner said.
"She was crying and I told her to take a drink, because that brings the truth out. I'm like ‘just chill, calm down, I'm willing to talk you through this’. She says well 'he hit me'. She said and I don’t know how true this is, I'm just repeating what I was told -'she said 'why don't you knock anybody out and he got mad at me and said I got five knockuts, f*** you mean I don’t knock anybody out. She said maybe you should do more pushups. She said maybe God didn't bless you with power.' That struck a match and he [hit her] right across the chin, flush. She said it was one of the best left hooks he ever threw.
“To make a long story short. They broke up. Paulie wasn't hitting it hard enough and now she's with a heavy hitter."
Maligaggi fired back with some digs of his own.
“Here is the difference between me and Adrien, we both got money but I'm good looking. There are girls who are closer to you and girls that we call weekend p*ssy. Jessica was weekend p*ssy. That means, Jessica could f*** anybody she wants and when I got time on the weekends, I could do whatever I want to do and she loved it. She loved getting hit when we slept together. As a matter of fact, Adrien if you f***ed her you already know that. Weekend p*ssy is exactly that. The only weekend p*ssy Adrien gets is the kind he pays for,” Malignaggi said.
“He doesn't understand what it's like to be good looking and get regular p*ssy and the weekend p*ssy - and you don’t pay for none of it, it just comes to you. That’s my life. If I wasn't boxing I would still be getting laid, this guy right here should be happy that he's a Floyd Mayweather imitation or he wouldn't get laid at all. Your name is Adrien. Your whole crew has shirts with my name as Paulette. You have to feminize my name but your name is already feminized.”
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer did not approve of the language used at the presser.
“It has nothing to do with the fight. I think they took it over the top,” Schaefer said.