Malignaggi: 'No One in New York Knows Who Khan Is!'

By Terence Dooley

Paulie Malignaggi has been firing verbal broadsides at WBA light-welterweight title holder Amir Khan ever since, indeed before, their May 15th, Madison Square Garden encounter was announced.  The brash New Yorker feels that Khan, who recently claimed that he handpicked Paulie for his US debut in order to look good, has bitten off more than he can chew; Paulie was also keen to laugh off Khan's boast that the New York fans will be hoping for a Malignaggi defeat come fight night.

“He's just talking out the side of his mouth, the funny thing is, no one knows who he is in New York,” blasted the 29-near-old Brooklyn native.  “I have to explain to everyone who I'm fighting.”

Paulie's verbal assaults started when he wondered aloud if there was any truth to the spurious rumours that Manny Pacquiao has been using banned substances in order to maintain his remarkable recent form, with 'Magic Man' then speculating as to whether the rest of Freddie Roach's fighters, including Khan, should therefore be placed under suspicion.  Paulie, though, has pushed these thoughts to the back of his mind, claiming that these pre-fight jabs are all part and parcel of a big event.

“Not really”, said Paulie, 27-3 (5), when asked if he was trying to rile Khan with the outburst, “I just said what was on my mind.  This is a fight; people have to remember that you’re stepping in the ring with someone who is trying to knock you out.  When someone gets in a street fight, a lot of shit talking goes on, nothing different from an actual boxing match.  I respect him for coming into New York, but when the bell rings that respect goes out the window.  This is a fight, not story time!”

Paulie was distraught when losing to Britain's Ricky Hatton in November of 2008 but believes that his new training regime, headed by Sherif Younan, has lit a fire under him and that Amir will feel the heat from the flames come Saturday night.

“I'm still with Sherif.  We're a great team, and click well together.  This win is going to put Paulie Malignaggi back on the map.  This is boxing.  You're eventually going to run into someone that's totally different (from anything you've faced before).  This will be a war, best believe that,” promised the challenger; he was far pithier when asked about what he expects to hear come the end of Saturday’s encounter.

“...AND NEW!” asserted the former IBF title holder.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TBear on 05-11-2010

Unfortunitely if Khan beats Paulie people will know who he is but will still wonder why Maidana can't get a shot.

Comment by Trigg on 05-11-2010

[QUOTE=talz;8347888]No duuuuh? He has never fought in america so how would most boxing fans even know him, never mind ANY casual fans knowing him:thinking:[/QUOTE] Man i can't stop watching that Khan Salita gif in your sig, that 1-2 was a…

Comment by Dave Rado on 05-11-2010

[QUOTE=Siggy;8347589]take offense if you want. i dont give a fck. i've lived in chicago all my life and have known one pakistani. i dont even know what the racial slur to describe them is. blame the indians who are here…

Comment by Irish Ed on 05-11-2010

Amir Khan will have to chase Paulie down but he will and it won't be pretty. Paulie is a dodge and dart guy who like Floyd calls people out but delivers no hurt! No power. Nothing. Doesn't matter what style…

Comment by mrsjt on 05-11-2010

no matter how much venom he spews, i aint tuning in. 5 kos? what are you? a girl?

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