Paulie Malignaggi has always been the talkative type. He can hype a fight with the best of them. So it was a little odd to see the WBA welterweight champion on the other side of things during his final press conference on Thursday.
Malignaggi will take on upstart Adrien Broner on Saturday night at the Barclays Center live on SHOWTIME.
“It’s gotten a little bit crazy, we’ll admit that. I can take some of the blame, but I can’t take all of it,” said Malignaggi. “I can only apologize for my end, but at the end of the day, this is how the creation of Adrien Broner happened, in my opinion. They put everything that’s wrong with boxing in one room, did everything that’s wrong with boxing in that room and gave birth to Adrien Broner and you people are eating it up.”
Malignaggi made it a point to illustrate to reporters that Broner is more hype than substance and made references to a conversation the two had before Broner’s fight against Daniel Ponce de Leon.
He also talked about Al Haymon’s influence on Broner’s career.
“You know what I was rewarded with my first title fight? Miguel Cotto. You know what his reward was for his first world title fight? Some guy Rodriguez, who I can’t even remember his name,” said Malignaggi. “OK? There’s a difference. We end up on detours because of the people that have our backs. Instead of praying to God every night he should pray to Al Haymon for making him the creation that he is.”
Broner, to his credit, didn’t turn the press conference into a spectacle and kept his cool.
“I really didn’t come here to talk trash. We did enough of that,” he said. “We’re two days out. It’s really fight time for me. It’s about business. I really wasn’t going to come up here, honestly.”
Broner did tell reporters that he planned on knocking out Malignaggi, though.
Added Broner: “I’ll be a three-time world champion on Saturday at the age of 23.”