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Malignaggi Targets Maidana: I'm Ready For Him at 147!

By Rick Reeno

Sebastian Contursi, advisor to WBA junior welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (31-2, 28KOs), revealed that his boxer is considering a possible move to 147-pounds, according to a recent interview with BoxingScene.com's Chris Robinson. Maidana is considering a tentative ring return in February 2012.

If Maidana moves forward with his plan to join the welterweight ranks, then Paulie Malignaggi (30-4, 6KOs) is ready and waiting. Like Maidana, Malignaggi held a major championship at 140-pounds. He moved up in weight three fights ago.

"I think it's a great fight. Everybody knows that I always want to fight the best and get myself into big fights. I like the challenge of fighting the best. It's a challenge to myself to take on a fighter like Maidana. I want to challenge him to a fight. I know his adviser said that he's looking at Mayweather and Berto right off that bat. If he doesn't get those fights, I think me and him is a solid fight. I'm on a three fight win streak. I'm a welterweight who moved up from junior welterweight like him. If he wants to fight in February, I'm available," Malignaggi told BoxingScene.com.

'And we can do it on the East Coast. A lot of Argentine fighters have been fighting on the East Coast, like Sergio Martinez and Omar Narvaez. And me, being originally from New York, I think the fight will do well there. It would generate a lot of interest. And I like my chances to win that fight." 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by chiguy91 on 11-01-2011

i love this matchup, paulie's more than capable of winning this fight, hope it gets made. i wish gbp would set up a card with alexander, ortiz, maidana, and malignaggi. any matchup between these four guys would make for a…

Comment by r ! z on 11-01-2011

[QUOTE=calmdown;11357066]paulie is slick as hell, i love that he always chases the big fights as well rewatch his fight with hatton respect[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=Phil Ivey;11357071]say what you want about Paulie, he has a heart of a lion.[/QUOTE] agreed .

Comment by Boxx on 11-01-2011

I didn't see the malignaggi lora fight but I heard that PM got rocked early, and was able to come back & win a UD. At first my opinion was that PM would get smashed against Maidana but after thinking…

Comment by Zn1 on 11-01-2011

expected a lot of negativity towards Paulie at even mentioning Maidana, suppose you have to be an asian british muslim to get that.

Comment by Forza on 11-01-2011

lol people are talking up maidana like he's some kind of monster. This clown go outboxed by a fat ass erik morales. Paulie would be landing 5 punch combos on his face all night

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