Paulie Malignaggi still isn't happy with his June 2013 loss to Adrien Broner, where he dropped the WBA welterweight title in a controversial split decision at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Since then, Malignaggi has beaten Zab Judah, and is now set up to face IBF titleholder Shawn Porter on April 19.
Malignaggi, 33, believes he was never going to get a fair shake against Broner, and that he was used as "filler" for a questionable, hyped record -- that's my nicer way of putting it, and here's what Paulie actually said on a conference call.
"I think, as far as I'm concerned, I haven't lost at all in the last three years," Malignaggi said. "Adrien Broner was given my world title, so I feel like I need to win another world title to kind of rightfully get what's mine. I deserve to be a world champion; I should not have lost that bout. It was basically a win for Broner where I basically became a filler for Adrien Broner's bullshit resume that he has. My name just became a filler on that resume, and I feel like for that reason I need to get a world title to kind of redeem myself and get what's rightfully mine."
Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KO) also believes that Porter (23-0-1, 14 KO) is a better fighter than Broner, and would beat him head-to-head.
"I felt like I did enough to not lose my title, to hold onto my title. I do think it was a close fight, but I did feel like I did enough to hold onto my title. Like I said, I think in the end, at the end of the day, that fight was always going to be used as a filler to fill Adrien's bullshit resume, which is what it is pretty much if you look at it as a whole," Malignaggi said, before continuing on with a classic Paulie rant.
"But at the end of the day it didn't go my way and I'm not going to sit there crying over it or to go back at it. And I think I've made my points about the fight, and we go on and we move on.
"I actually think I'm fighting a better opponent than Adrien Broner. I think you match up Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter, and I think Shawn Porter beats him every time simply on the grind. Adrien doesn't like to fight, and I think Shawn would force him to fight at a pace that he wouldn't like. And Adrien, as we saw in the Maidana fight, doesn't have an answer when you force him to fight at a pace that he doesn't like.
"So I think I've got a better opponent in front of me, I think I've got a more worthy world champion in front of me, but that makes it all the more the better of a fight, that makes it all more entertaining for the fans, and that's going to make it a better stylistic match up overall, because there's skill, there's talent, there's grind, there's hard work in there. We've got the combination of everything you want to see in a fight. And so I think anything I can take from the Broner fight doesn't really apply here. I've got a better fighter in front of me.
"And really the only thing, at the end of the day, everybody came in saying he's going to be the big puncher and all that stuff, and I actually came in respecting a little too much at first, and it turned out he couldn't punch for shit. So it was a lot of aliveness that some of me subconsciously bought into with Adrien, and I'm definitely not going to make that mistake again.
"But Shawn Porter, all I can say, I think he's a better fighter than Adrien, but at the end of the day it's a different fight, and so there's a different kind of game plan."