By Jake Brown
The fight proclaimed to be “the fight of the century” is creeping closer and closer. Floyd Mayweather will look to remain undefeated Saturday when he takes on Manny Pacquiao. After all the rumors that the fight may be moved to a later date, the delayed ticket sales, increased Pay-Per-View prices, and more, the fight is on and just days away.
Two-time world champion fighter Paulie Malignaggi joined me and former NFL tight end Ben Troupe on Brown and Troupe (available on Play.It and iTunes). The former IBF Light Welterweight and WBA Welterweight champion is an analyst for Showtime and Sky Sports and will be there for the fight in Las Vegas Saturday, breaking it all down.
“Going into the fight, there’s a lot expected of it,” Malignaggi said on Brown and Troupe. “As far as hype is concerned, it’s the biggest fight.”
This isn’t the first fight that has been proclaimed the biggest fight ever, though.
“The boxing media is very fickle… they’re also idiots,” said “The Magic Man.” “De La Hoya-Trinidad was called the Fight of the Century when they made it. Then, after the fight, it was a forgettable fight. People made it like it never happened.”
Mayweather has been heavily favored to win the fight, but some out there are picking Pacquiao. It might not be as close as some people would like. So how exactly will the fight play out?
“People may want to look for an excuse to give the early rounds to Pacquiao,” said Malignaggi. “As he gets his timing down, Floyd will step up and start to take it to him. Then we’ll find out if Manny can last because I don’t think he could fight going backwards.
“Floyd is probably going to dominate the fight. I hate to be the bearer of bad news. Mayweather can stop you. He can break you down. Accumulated punishment can stop you. If he can accumulate it enough, he’ll go for the stoppage. He’s not a one punch guy at 147 pounds. If Floyd can beat up on him, it’s possible for a late stoppage. He’s got a better chance at getting stoppage in this fight then he has in the last four, five years.”
Malignaggi is focused on more than just this fight, though. He’ll have one of his own coming up on May 29th against Danny O’Connor. It will be Malignaggi’s first fight since he lost to Shawn Porter last April.
“He’s got his big chance. He’s a capable fighter, but he’s come up short at the high level,” said Malignaggi. “He’s a good opponent for me to come back with. It’s his step up. It’s his opportunity he’s been waiting for. It’s better late than never. He’s pretty good, but not super good on paper. I don’t want to trash the guy. He’s a respectable fighter. I feel like if I’m at my best, I should win the fight.”
Malignaggi has been around since 2001, accumulating a 33-6 record in the 14-year span. The Brooklyn native may only have a couple more fights in his future before his focus shifts to just broadcasting.
“I thought I was done after last year’s loss to Shawn Porter, but little by little you start to kind of miss it,” said the 34-year-old. “If I really had to guess, I would say I want to give it one more year of fighting. I love broadcasting. I feel like I’ll continue to do it. I don’t want to risk myself getting hurt in the ring and not being able to do broadcasting. With so many analyst jobs, it’s not about the money. It’s always about the money, but I don’t need the money. My reason for combat is not about the money. It’s for the rush and adrenaline of it and to feel purpose. You’ll never feel that again once you’re gone.”
Malignaggi also spoke about road rage and getting into fights, his Nets and Yankees, and more with Jake Brown and Ben Troupe on the show.
Jake Brown is the Program Manager of CBSSportsRadio.com. He hosts Brown and Troupe with former NFL tight end Ben Troupe on CBSLocalSports.com, Play.it, and iTunes. Jake lives in Queens, NY and has lived through being a Mets, Knicks, Jets fan his whole life. Find him at the big game, concert, or in the studio.