Malignaggi on Cano's Power, The Scores, Making Weight

By Bill Emes

In the opinion of WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7KOs), Mexican boxer Pablo Cesar Cano (25-2, 19KOs) did not try to make the weight on Friday - when Cano stepped on the scale and he was over the welterweight limit. 

"In my opinion, I think they took a different approach as far as when they handled the time to make the weight. I don't think they really tried to make the weight after they had time to make the weight," Malignaggi said. "I think figured 'let's not weaken ourselves, let's just try to get a win over Malignaggi instead because a win over Malignaggi is still a win over a name and we don't have a win over a name yet. If we try to make the weight we may weaken ourselves.'"

"I think they just chalked up the title fight as a loss, and said 'forget the title fight, we didn't make weight, lets just try to get the win over Malignaggi. Because he was strong, he was a good puncher. I wasn't hit that hard since the Miguel Cotto fight."

Malignaggi won the fight, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with scores of 118-109, 114-113 and 114-113. Cano made it a very physical fight and even dropped Malignaggi in the eleventh round.

There were many who saw the fight as being close, but Malignaggi was not one of them. Even with the knockdown in round eleven, Malignaggi felt that he was far ahead in the fight.

"I respect Cano, but I didn't think the fight was close," Malignaggi said.

"When I got knocked down, I didn't say 'this fight is close, I can't afford this knockdown.' I said 'man, don't get your ass knocked out, you're comfortably ahead. I can't believe you just got yourself dropped.' I didn't think the fight was in jeopardy at all."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by geokis88 on 10-22-2012

Paulie won that fight by at least 2 points. I saw paulie with a bad a** female at the Cotto vs foreman fight.

Comment by lopez36 on 10-22-2012

i always enjoy listening to bernstein and it always is that i score fights like he does,and in this one i also had it the same way he did.

Comment by ropeadope89 on 10-22-2012

[QUOTE=whoseyourdaddy;12627863]No he is just a Putorican[/QUOTE] I know. That's why I said that. He see's us as the enemy. When it comes to competitive sports its fun to root for your country, team, race. But outside we're all brothers &…

Comment by nycsmooth on 10-22-2012

Lathan needs 2 call the incompetent Felman in & make him explain giving pm 10 rounds, that's way off goos is Cano? Morales stopped this prettg good puncher & not much else, that sums it up 4 me...

Comment by waxfondler on 10-22-2012

paulie was landing that jab at will all night.... but cano was catching him with that overhand on top of the jab. i thought it was close... i thought the knockdown was crucial and i wouldnt have disagreed if cano…

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