Paulie Malignaggi, after a clean and dominant unanimous-decision win over Juan Diaz last December, is back on track.
After his win over Diaz, there were rumors of a Malignaggi-Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout.
A source close to DiBella Entertainment, Malignaggi's promoter, confirmed that on Tuesday. The source said the two camps had negotiations when Mayweather's proposed bout with Manny Pacquiao was in limbo.
"Yes, we went back and forth," said the source. "But it didn't get past the initial stages."
Those talks could heat up again if Malignaggi is victorious over Amir Khan at Madison Square Garden on May 15 and Mayweather, who fights Shane Mosley on May 1, can't get a date with Pacquiao.
"This [fight] could lead to something bigger," Lou DiBella said when asked if a win against Khan would put Malignaggi in line to fight Timothy Bradley or Devon Alexander.
"I think there's going to be a sold out Garden, the kid's got one of the biggest mouths in the sport and the kid the best self promoter probably in boxing," DiBella said. "I think if he were to beat Amir Khan, I think he might end up Mayweather date or a Pacquiao date. Because you don't know that those guys are going to fight one another."
Malignaggi (27-3, 5 KOs) was reeling two years ago after a devastating loss to Ricky Hatton. Armed with a new trainer (Sharif Younan) and a new attitude, Malignaggi is ready to put his name back in lights.
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