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Paulie Malignaggi Feels More Energized at 147-Pounds

By Mike Coppinger

Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi feels re-energized by his move up to welterweight, his second bout at 147 a dominant 10-round victory over Jose Miguel Cotto in April. He returns on Bernard-Hopkins Chad Dawson undercard on October 15th at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The finalized opponent is Orlando Lora (28-1-1, 19KOs)

“I feel great. I still have to lose weight, I walk around at 165, 170. So, I still have to lose weight,” said the 30-year-old Malignaggi. “But just holding on to that extra seven pounds – even if it doesn’t translate into punching power, it translates into energy.”

“I feel more bounce in my legs, I feel more spunky in general.”

Malignaggi, who has two wins at welterweight since his one-sided defeat to Amir Khan last summer, feels he is primed for another significant fight.

“I think I’ve done enough now with these two wins to position myself for a pretty good fight next fight,” said Malignaggi, now promoted by Golden Boy. “I think outside of the Mayweathers and Pacquiaos in the welterweight division, I can match-up with anybody.

Malignaggi is also confident that his lack of power can be attributed to his brittle hands, which he reinjured in the Jose Cotto bout.

“I’m not going to tell you I punch like Tyson, or like Kirkland or any of these guys, but I will tell you one thing, having hurt hands forces me to be more economical with my combinations,” said Malignaggi. “By saving the hands, I throw less punches and I end up doing just enough to win the round instead of doing more and hurting guys and trying to put them out of their misery.”

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

With no punch, less speed, and bad hands, yeah chump, you 're going far @47, to be someones punching bad...hope you get ur ass beat bad...

Comment by fastblack on 08-22-2011

Paulie has no career just losses coming her way. with no boxing talent outside of dancing and backpeddling Pualie is just a loss waiting to happen. so sad to see her get battered and punched senseless in big fights. Hitting…

Comment by Brockton Lip on 08-22-2011

[QUOTE=fastblack;11020721]Paulie the puke oily head has no skill no talent and is a black acting gangsta wanna be clown. Basically a talentless punching bag at 140 and still a bum at 147. funny[/QUOTE] Absolutely terrible and disrespectful post. The guy…

Comment by Weebler I on 08-21-2011

[QUOTE=fastblack;11020721]Paulie the puke oily head has no skill no talent and is a black acting gangsta wanna be clown. Basically a talentless punching bag at 140 and still a bum at 147. funny[/QUOTE] Why do you always repeat your posts?…

Comment by fastblack on 08-21-2011

Paulie the puke oily head has no skill no talent and is a black acting gangsta wanna be clown. Basically a talentless punching bag at 140 and still a bum at 147. funny

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