The build-up to the welterweight bout between Paulie Malignaggi and Adrien Broner has not had any shortage of trash talk. Whether it's making fun of the other's name or dissing the other's girlfriend, there has not been any road deeded too low for either man to go down. With the final presser occurring this afternoon, it gave each man one last chance to get in another little dig before their showdown this Saturday. Malignaggi appeared to get in the last big blow by discussing Al Haymon's support for Broner and an incident the two allegedly had a few years ago.
Here is what Malignaggi had to say, via Boxing Scene:
"At the end of the day, Broner is a creation of everything that is wrong with boxing. (Advisor) Al Haymon took care of him. I was a prospect at one time like he was. You know who my first opponent was when I fought for a world title? Miguel Cotto. Who did he get? (Vicente) Rodriguez. I don't even know his first name. He hasn't had the detours like I have had in my career."
Malignaggi even brought up an alleged incident at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood years ago, while both were in the locker room. Before Broner fought Daniel Ponce De Leon, Malignaggi said Broner allegedly asked him to give him advice on how to prepare for 10 round fights, something Broner was worried about.
"Remember that?," Malignaggi asked Broner on the dais. "You were worried about that and you got a gift decision because of Al Haymon."
Whether on not the incident truly did take place it makes one wonder how Broner may fair if he is forced to go the full twelve rounds, especially at 147 pounds. Could there be any doubt in the back of his mind?
Malignaggi has certainly faced tougher opposition, though he has typically lost to the best as well. Will Broner join that elite group of Cotto, Ricky Hatton, and Amir Khan? Only time will tell but he is a big favorite to take Paulie's WBA belt Saturday night. And, for perspective, Malignaggi is not even ranked in the top 10 at welterweight in BLH's rankings.
If you're like me, you may just be happy to have the fight happen so we can get past all of the tasteless trash talk. Even by boxing standards it has seemed very childish. From claiming they have slept with the other's lady to arguing over whose name sounds more female. It's just been very weird and out there.