Maybe WBA welterweight champ Paulie Malignaggi and Adrien Broner don’t need to fight at the Barclays Center on June 22. The two talk such a good game that they should go on tour with Mike Tyson. Their opening press conference was a lesson in how to promote a show and how to keep people fully engaged. Neither fighter is a stranger to critiquing his opponent in a comical way.
Paulie Malignaggi: "Now you're fighting a real fighter. Real fighters punch back.”
"He's coming up to a real weight class against a real man. He's going to get hit a lot too.”
" Guys like you, they're a dime a dozen.”
"Adrien is nothing more than a Floyd Mayweather wannabe. He doesn't just fight like him. He talks like him. He breathes like him. He needs to get his own character.”
"I thought this was the easiest fight they offered me. They're giving me this ex-junior lightweight. It was a no brainer.
"He has good speed and good timing, but his power is overrated. A lot of what he does is overrated."
Adrien Broner: "Everyone is saying 'He's going up in weight. Is he going to be strong enough and fast enough to take on a world class world champion?' I know Paulie is going to come out to fight like he always does, but this will be his fourth loss to a world champion. He just keeps getting whooped by champions.”
"I take him seriously, but he's a clown. He's going to come out with big feet, dyed hair and a crazy outfit, but I'm going to punch him until his nose is red enough to complete out the outfit.
"I call him a one handed bandit. He's never thrown a right hand ever."
"He's telling me to be more creative. I don't have to be more creative. I'm just going to mess him up."
"He feels like I'm just a 135-pound fighter, but he's not on my level."
"It is going to be the 'AB Show.'