Malignaggi on The Alexander Feud, Talks Lora Clash

By Mike Coppinger

Paulie Malignaggi returns on Oct. 15. – his third fight at 147 – when he opens up the HBO PPV telecast headlined by the light heavyweight championship bout between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson.

As with the three other fights on the telecast, Malignaggi (a Golden Boy fighter) will be matched with a Gary Shaw fighter, Orlando Lora.

The brash Brooklynite admits to not knowing much of his opponent, but insists he won’t take him lightly.

“I don’t know too much about Orlando Lora as of yet, I’ve checked his record, the only name that stood out to me was David Estrada, and David Estrada stopped him, so that’s pretty much his one step up,” said the “Magic Man”. “He’s got a good record, he’s fought at junior middleweight so physically he’s bigger than me, so I gotta be careful with that.

“But other than that I gotta still do my research on him. I just plan on being ready myself.”

While Malignaggi (29-4, 6 KOs) was looking for a more marquee fight, namely one with new welterweight entrant Devon Alexander, he’ll settle for Lora in a televised fight.

“I definitely was looking for a bigger fight, but HBO didn’t have any money in the budget for the year to afford a fight between me and Devon or me and a big name,” said the 30-year-old Malignaggi. “They overspend it on somebody like Devon actually, he was getting mad (about the lack of money in the budget), but he’s part of the problem.

“So we took “half-a-stay-busy fight”, you don’t ever want to call a guy who’s 28-1 a stay-busy guy. At the same time, he brings a certain amount of danger that he’s been a junior middleweight as well, but at the same time I’m Paulie Malignaggi and I’m on track, I gotta beat this guy and work my way to bigger fights next year. “
Malignaggi has been entrenched in a Twitter war with Alexander and Paulie is tiring of Alexander’s manager Kevin Cunningham doing the speaking for his fighter.

“He’s gotta man up and start speaking for himself,” said Malignaggi. “When I see guys having their managers speak for them, it makes me feel like they don’t have a brain of their own. If you’re a grown man, you speak for yourself. I don’t have my manager speaking for me, I speak for myself.

“As far as a fighter, he’s not a bad fighter, he’s a pretty good fighter, I don’t know how much heart he has, but he’s a pretty good fighter as far as the talent is concerned.”
But if and when the fight takes place, Malignaggi won’t be willing to fight Alexander in his hometown of St. Louis, where he’s received two highly-debatable decision victories.

“He got enough gifts in St. Louis, I don’t need to give him another one,” Malignaggi said.

Mike Coppinger is a regular boxing freelancer for USA TODAY and Ring Magazine. He’s a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America, the Ring Ratings Advisory Panel and the Yahoo! Sports Boxing Panel. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mshap on 08-22-2011

Paulie has gotten the most out of his career, given his extreme handicap of not being able to break an egg with his Sunday punch -- he's compensated stylistically in various ways to make good $$$ in the sport and…

Comment by MJ406 on 08-22-2011

[QUOTE=mauryj;11022232]As someone who's known Paulie since 04' when the fat man on 7th Avenue held his purse strings, [B]Paulie's always looked better in defeat(aside from the Diaz victory)...[/B][/QUOTE] Always looked good in defeat? What about vs Hatton? Paulie looked like…

Comment by mauryj on 08-22-2011

As someone who's known Paulie since 04' when the fat man on 7th Avenue held his purse strings, Paulie's always looked better in defeat(aside from the Diaz victory)... but the kid knows how to sell himself--who else gets his mug…

Comment by PRBOXINGCOTTO on 08-21-2011

paulie is a c class fighter hes like a mayorga with the talking but not with the fist to back it up

Comment by fastblack on 08-21-2011

Paulie is a disgrace to all blacks since the whites don't want him. Paulie is terrible no skills no nothing does he actually get paid for dancing and talking like a pimp???

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