Paulie Malignaggi was hurting, no doubt about it. In what might have been the final fight in the two-division champion’s career Saturday night, he certainly had the look of defeat all over him.
Even though he won both fights, Danny Garcia’s mood at Barclays Center was significantly more upbeat Saturday night after beating Paulie Malignaggi than it was after he defeated Lamont Peterson in April at the same venue.
Danny Garcia had no trouble stepping up in weight to 147 pounds Saturday night.
If he had a different last name, Paulie Malignaggi might never have once arrived at a weigh-in wearing only a stuffed elephant over his crotch. And he probably wouldn’t have shown up at another weigh-in a few years earlier slathered in superhero body paint, looking like he was auditioning for a role in a porno spoof of a Marvel flick (“XXX-Men,” anyone?).
Three fighters who fought on the first boxing card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on October 20, 2012, will be competing there again Saturday night. And each one of them hopes it goes as well as it did the first time around.
It’s sometime around 1974 and a 10-year-old Rosie Perez is in the backyard of her New York home. Her half sister brought her around to strap on the gloves. Let the boxing lessons begin.
They’re seven years apart in age, but Daniel Jacobs and Paulie Malignaggi share a hometown connection that transcends any kind of generational cohort.