Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Paulie Malignaggi on Facing Ricky Hatton, D. Alexander

By Ryan Burton

WBA welterweight Paul Malignaggi is ready for tonight's 20th title defense against Pablo Cesar Cano of Mexico. The Italian-American fighter has faced many upper echelon fighters over the course of his career. He has faced the likes of Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan amongst others. During a recent edition of BoxingScene's official audio show, The Boxing Lab, Malignaggi said that the competition has made him a better fighter.

"In the end when you fight at a high level for a lot of years it makes you stronger. Its like the old saying, it either makes you or breaks you," Malignaggi stated.  He also said that he doesn't think he has received the recognition he deserves for what he has accomplished as a two division champion.

"What I have accomplished is a good deal of stuff but I feel like I'm not respected like I should be and I don't think I ever will.  I have set my bar high so I have a lot of other things I want to accomplish."

Malignaggi and former junior welterweight champion Devon Alexander engaged in a war of words last year and a fight between the two was close to being made in early 2012. Since that time Malignaggi has picked up a belt and Alexander is fighting Randall Bailey for his title on the same card as Malignaggi's defense against Cano.

Malignaggi thinks that an Alexander victory would make a fight between the two even bigger as it would be a title unification clash. The native New Yorker also revealed that a rematch against Ricky Hatton who will return to the ring after a three and a half year hiatus in November is the fight he covets the most.

"It definitely will be bigger now especially if he beats Bailey but nothing would match the financial security of a Ricky Hatton fight. I'm interested in facing all of the top welterweights but a rematch with Hatton is the one I am the most interested in," Malignaggi revealed.

You can listen to the interview in its entirety by clicking here: http://tobtr.com/s/3740637

Send questions or comments to [email protected] Follow Ryan on Twitter @ringsidewriter and tune in to The Boxing Lab, BoxingScene's official audio on Tuesdays. The show is hosted by Ernie Gabion, Luis Sandoval and Ryan Burton

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by justbeme7899 on 10-20-2012

Paulie Mallignaggi is the biggest joke of boxing. Don't even look or fight like a boxer. He's more of a comedian por a commentator.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Chocolatito, Sor Rungvisai Will Look To Steal The Show at MSG Parker's Promoter: Talks With Haymon For Wilder Bout Went Well Robbie Davies Jr: I Want To Get Past Szabo, Step Up To Next Level Michael Conlan Has Debut Opponent Confirmed For March 17 Boy Jones Jr-Craig Poxton, Southern Area 130lb Belt on Feb. 24 Rigondeaux's Trainer Wants Lomachenko Fight at Catch-Weight Lipinets Awaiting Mandatory Shot at Burns vs. Indongo Winner Lara Willing to Face Jermell Charlo Next in Unification Fight Stevenson: Andre Ward Wants To Milk His Titles Before Facing Me Sam Eggington Embraces Idea of Facing Paulie Malignaggi in NY Julius Indongo, Ricky Burns Expect Fireworks in Glasgow Wood Updates On Flanagan, Fitzgerald; Confirms Ajisafe Capture Dashon Johnson vs. Ricardo Pinell Tops Emerald Casino Card Arum Agrees With Mayweather Rejecting White's $25 Million Offer Video: Paulie Malignaggi Talks Future, Canelo-Chavez, More J. Mayweather: Pacquiao is a Gatekeeper, He Won't Beat Crawford! Sulaiman Praises Canelo-Chavez Deal, Still Mulls Special WBC Belt Erislandy Lara Keeps Winning, Keeps Calling For Canelo, Golovkin Mayweather: Dana White Carried My Bags, Now He's a Tough Guy Chavez Sr. Breaks Down His Son's Chances With Canelo, Weight Alexander Povetkin's B-Sample To Be Opened on February 1 Dominic Breazeale vs. Izu Ugonoh is Set For Wilder-Wawrzyk Card Edwin Rodriguez Back in Gym, Will Work on Correcting Mistakes Badou Jack vs. Callum Smith Purse Bid Set For February 17 Mayweather Willing To Help Rousey Improve Her Striking Skills Adrien Broner: Make Numbers Right - I'll Fight Burns in The UK Boxing Coach Arrested, Allegations of Recruiting Militants For ISIS Hearn Calls Mayweather's Robbery Claim 'Rubbish', Still Eyes DeGale-Smith Golovkin-Jacobs: Loeffler Expects Good Numbers For PPV Card Bellew: I'm at 225-Pounds and Training, Not a Poser Like Haye Froch Disagrees With Mayweather on Robbery, Agrees Jack Won Katie Taylor To Fight on Joshua-Klitschko, Possibly Golovkin-Jacobs David Lemieux vs. Curtis Stevens Set For March 11, HBO Joshua vs. Klitschko - Over 80,000 Tickets Sold Team Ramirez: Zurdo Has What it Takes To KO Jack or DeGale! Juan Carlos Payano Eyes Trilogy With Rau'Shee Warren Badou Jack Moving Up To 175-Pounds; Wants Adonis Stevenson Mayweather: Not Looking to Make Gervonta Davis-Lomachenko Badou Jack-James DeGale: Post-Fight Report Card Kell Brook: My Team Wants Me To Go To 154 Pounds
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement