Malignaggi: Forget Mosley, I Want Marcos Maidana!

By Ryan Burton

An article was recently published on that stated the proposed April 27th showdown between WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi and Shane Mosley was likely not going to happen because a financial agreement with Malignaggi has proved difficult to reach.

"Right now, as of about an hour ago, it looks like that fight might not happen," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "I just think that the financials are such that it's getting difficult to get the fight done, not because of Shane Mosley."

BoxingScene spoke to Malignaggi shortly after the article ran and he said that the Mosley fight isn't on the top of his wish list.

"If my promoter wants to say that I'm holding up the Mosley fight then let's forget it and do a fight with Marcos Maidana. I've wanted to fight Maidana for 100 years. Ever since he called me out on Twitter. He wants to fight me and I want to fight him," Malignaggi explained.

Last year Maidana called out the Brooklynite shortly after he became a two division champion by defeating Vyachesalv Senchenko in his backyard.  Malignaggi and Maidana are both promoted by Golden Boy so the fight would seem to be fairly easy to finalize.

"We have the same the promoter.  It shouldn't be hard to make the fight. He wants to come back in a big fight in the spring. He doesn't have a fight yet.  My fight with Mosley fell apart so why not make a Malignaggi-Maidana fight?" Malignaggi reasoned.

The Italian-American fighter has received a lot of criticism on Twitter by fans and media a like about the proposed Mosley fight. Malignaggi, the self proclaimed Twitter King (#TK),  said that he wants the critics to check his resume before they say he is avoiding anyone.    

"Maidana is one of the most exciting fighters of this generation.  Have I ever ducked anyone?  Fans and media alike should have known better than to think I was ducking Maidana. I always wanted the fight.  I was just made to understand it wasn't possible to make it.  Well now I will come out and publicly say it, I want Marcos Maidana!  The fans want it and I'm sure Marcos wants it. Let's do it!," he concluded.  

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by supremelygifted on 01-30-2013

[QUOTE=el***;12948161]Paulie dont have the legs and chin he used to have. I dont think he will be able to run from Maidana. Not that I think maidana is very impressive and he is a nobody at welterweight but hes about…

Comment by -Jay- on 01-24-2013

Wow, Paulie has balls going after Maidana. I can't see him winning at all but props for going after someone who might knock his head off.

Comment by elfag on 01-24-2013

[QUOTE=supremelygifted;12946303]No. Really. Paulie is a feathered fist bum and Maidana is a one trick pony. Paulie is seasoned enough to tap and run all night to a decision. The real fight Paulie should take is either Berto or Ortiz. I…

Comment by elfag on 01-24-2013

Maidana? Paulie is freaking crazy. He had a better chance against shane. Shane's timing is off, he could run 12 rounds for a UD. Maidana is a terrible matchup for Paulie, he will close the distance easy, get inside and…

Comment by Ringlife on 01-24-2013

Malignaggi vs Maidana is a better main event then Mosley vs Malignaggi. Mosley needs to retire and soon will Malignaggi once Maidana knocks him out.

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