Adrien “The Problem” Broner defeated Brooklynite Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi Saturday night at Barclays Center by spilt decision, with two judges scoring the fight 117-111 and 115-113, for Broner, and one judge having the fight 115-113 for Malignaggi. The bout was the first for Broner on Showtime, the new home for Golden Boy Promotions.
Malignaggi, who also works at Showtime, didn’t think he lost the fight and made many spirited comments, some controversial.
The Italian-American boxer was critical of the judges, accused some of being in the ‘pocket’ of the Broner team, and felt that his opponent didn’t do enough to take the title from the champion. In my humble opinion, and those of other journalists who attended the fight, Broner won, rather easily. The statistics for the fight bears that out, as Broner threw about 300 less punches than Paulie, but landed more total punches, and the more effective power punches.
Still, there were those who were disappointed that Broner didn’t knock out Malignaggi, and one of those was the most famous active boxer walking the earth, Floyd “Money” Mayweather. “I’m proud of Adrien Broner’s victory. There (are) a lot of things he still has to learn. I fell that he should have got the knockout…he was flatfooted.” Mayweather chartered a jet from Miami to New York Saturday to make the fight because promised Broner he would make the fight he didn’t ‘want to let the kid down.’
Mayweather was in New York City Monday to begin an 11-city promotional tour for his fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Mayweather, who signed a six-fight deal with Showtime, is fighting Canelo Saturday, September 14, 2013, just four months after defeating Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in May. The last time he fought back-to-back fights in such a short period of time was in 2001, and Mayweather hasn’t even fought twice in the same year since 2007, when he defeated Oscar De La Hoya in what is still the highest grossing fight ever, and Ricky Hatton.
Though Mayweather, who is 36, is nearly 14 years older than the 22-year old Canelo, they have similar experience, based on their records. Mayweather is an unblemished 44-0, but Canelo, who turned professional at the age of 15, is a remarkable 42-0. Of course, Canelo has not fought the same caliber of fighters at Money Mayweather, but nevertheless sports impressive wins over “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Austin “No Doubt” Trout.
Mayweather versus Canelo, billed as ‘The One’, has the potential of surpassing Mayweather vs De La Hoya as the highest grossing fight ever. On paper, it is a spectacular one, with two undefeated fighters with a combined record of 86-0 with 56 knockouts. The unprecedented promotional tour, which will end on Los Angeles on July 2 in Los Angeles after making 11 stops, including Mexico City, will only help to build the excitement for this matchup. “They should put a ring right here in Times Square and let us do it today” Money Mayweather said to the Times Square crowd Monday. If only we were that lucky. But September 14 is right around the corner, and on that night, those in Las Vegas and watching around the world will find out who is ‘The One.’
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