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Malignaggi: Thurman is a Dummy and Brings No Money

By Luis Sandoval

Keith “One Time” Thurman is taking on Jan Zaveck tonight in his toughest test to date as he plans to continue climbing the Welterweight ladder that will eventually lead to big fights. One fight in particular Thurman has been pursuing is against current WBA Welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi who is currently trying to finalize a fight of his own.

There is a possibility Malignaggi may face WBC Lightweight champion Adrien Broner who would be moving up two weight classes to make the fight happen. Thurman has said he would like to face Malignaggi instead when he was on BoxingScene’s official radio show “The Boxing Lab”.

BoxingScene caught up with Paulie Malignaggi and asked him for his thoughts on a fight with Thurman and his reaction to Thurman planning to call him out again in New York after his fight should he be victorious.

“Keith's not a bad fighter but Keith is a dummy. Keith is a little bit of a dummy. This is called prize fighting. The guy that brings the most money to the table is the guy that fights for the titles. This is a business. I saw the interview and he said I'm a business man so he should understand that. He should learn to be a business man too. This is called prize fighting. I remember Floyd Mayweather called Shane Mosley a dummy a couple years ago because he said ‘yeah I fight for the money because it's called prize fighting’. Well, I'm a prize fighter as well so when Keith Thurman brings the most money to the table, then I'll think about fighting him” Malignaggi would tell BoxingScene.

Malignaggi made it very clear that it doesn’t matter who he faces next so long as that opponent provides him the most money. Paulie feels at this stage of his career he’s fighting for financial gain and Thurman at the moment does not provide what he’s looking for.

“Right now he doesn't even bring main event money so why would I take a pay cut so I can fight Keith Thurman? I don't' like him that much. I think he's a good fighter. I don't have anything against the kid but I don't like him that much that I'm going to take a pay cut to fight him. That's not how I do business. I'm looking for the most money and right now the most money is not with Keith Thurman; it’s with other fighters so that's the guys I'm looking at” said Malignaggi.

Malignaggi is waiting to see what occurs with a purse bid Monday morning for his WBA mandatory fight with Diego Chaves. According to Malignaggi, Golden Boy is deciding if they will try to get an exemption or maybe work out a side deal with Chaves’ promoter Osvaldo Rivero . They could also go ahead with the purse bid and have Malignaggi fight Chavez and forego the Broner fight altogether but Malignaggi also says investors from Abu Dhabi also plan to bid on the fight if it goes to purse bid. After Monday morning, there will be more clarity as to what direction Malignaggi will take.

You can follow Luis Sandoval on Twitter @Truewest007. You can also tune in to The Boxing Lab, Boxingscene’s official audio show every Tuesday from 6-8PM PST with hosts Ernest Gabion, Luis Sandoval, and Ryan Burton.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by RapidFire_Royce on 03-10-2013

I like when a fighter provides straight talk. Paulie made it real simple. I fight for money, whoever brings the most money is who I fight enough of all the scared/ducking bs.

Comment by megas30 on 03-09-2013

Paulie vs Thurman- the war of the mouths. The build up would be entertaining. Unlike the fight itself, where Paulie's lack of power would cause him to get sparked out.

Comment by RSBonos on 03-09-2013

Paulie: 'HBO is evil, boxing is corrupt...the fans must speak out bla bla bla' [On facing a tough opponent] "It's a business" Paulie, the peoples champ.

Comment by Russian Crushin on 03-09-2013

[QUOTE=mathed;13126699]I don't blame Paulie, who is Keith Thurman anyways? Paulie has been headlining events for years and has never ducked a fight. I also agree that Thurman sounds kind of dense...I think he told Kellerman his favorite class in school…

Comment by mathed on 03-09-2013

I don't blame Paulie, who is Keith Thurman anyways? Paulie has been headlining events for years and has never ducked a fight. I also agree that Thurman sounds kind of dense...I think he told Kellerman his favorite class in school…

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