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Like B Red said, it’s about the money. And can you blame fighters for going after the money? After all, if you’re going to risk getting your face punched in, pissing blood in the morning and maybe a couple days afterwards, and potentially risking your long-term health, and maybe life, do you really ONLY do it for the challenge? Forget that, I say! I’d only step in with a dangerous opponent, if the reward was large enough, as would any smart person. Some of these people in here act like these fighters are robots or something — like they can later just replace the damaged parts. These fighters are not only doing some incredibly physical, but are constantly getting pounded on while doing it.

Posted June 22, 2013 9:55 pm 

Fight Aficionado

“Well FA, Broner has already stated he’s going back down in weight after this fight.” – I didn’t read that. If it’s true it’s good news. Young up and comers should be seeking the talent-rich divisions, not avoiding them. So far GBP has navigated Broner through easy pickings but we’ll see what he does going forward. If that trend changes then he gets props, if not he gets continued criticism for cherry picking.

Posted June 22, 2013 8:03 pm 

B Red

Its about getting the most money, and the best fight available. Broner will become 3 division champ, then he can face Madaina

Posted June 22, 2013 5:54 pm 


Well FA, Broner has already stated he’s going back down in weight after this fight. I suspect he also went after Paulie to grab a belt and better position himself for future negotiations. After all boxing is a business, and if you can inflate the resume, all the better, right? I say be patient, he’s only 23. And all those guys at 140 aren’t going anywhere — the “cream” of which has been coming to the top [of the division] Trust me, there’ll be pressure/money soon enough that’ll make some very interesting fights for Broner in the near future.

Posted June 22, 2013 5:11 pm 

Fight Aficionado

“There wasn’t anyone at 140 for Broner to fight at this period of time. Garcia just fought in April and Matthysse fought in May, and now they are close to a deal to fight each other. Alvarado and Rios are represented by promoter Top Rank, which means no fight because Broner is with Golden Boy.” – Patrick, that sounds reasonable but keep in mind that’s Golden Boy’s excuse to ESPN. I don’t take their comments with a grain of salt, nor do many people who’ve criticized Broner’s bypassing 140 and all the great fights there to go after Paulie, who can’t crack an egg.

Posted June 22, 2013 4:48 pm 

Fight Aficionado

Looks like Happy Boy aka Supreme Clown are here agreeing with each other as usual. GTFO ass clown.

Posted June 22, 2013 4:42 pm 

Exiled Yank on vacation

Patrick 2 – solid post.

Posted June 22, 2013 3:53 pm 


Fight Aficionado — Let me repeat. There wasn’t anyone at 140 for Broner to fight at this period of time. Garcia just fought in April and Matthysse fought in May, and now they are close to a deal to fight each other. Alvarado and Rios are represented by promoter Top Rank, which means no fight because Broner is with Golden Boy. Judah just lost to Garcia (and may next face Alvarado), and Peterson got knocked out by Matthysse. The point is that none of those names were available for Broner for a late spring/summer fight. These are the facts, so stop the hate, and your conspiracy theories.

Posted June 22, 2013 3:07 pm 

Proud African

Broner to defeat Malignaggi.

Posted June 22, 2013 2:41 pm 


Paulie has a shot to humble Big Brush tonight but I don’t see a W for magic man unless Paulie pulls out something real special

Posted June 22, 2013 1:02 pm 


“Anyone who losses to that con Khan has a little future in boxing just like that looser called not so Super Judah.” I think Paulie would do much better second time around vs. Khan. especially at welterweight. BTW, Paulie also has a great chin and heart and a pretty good set of skills as well. But Broner is young and strong, and highly skilled as well. Plus, he’s a KO artist. Paulie has his work cut out for him. No one expected Rahman to KO Lewis in their first fight. No one expected Foreman to KO Nunn after getting hammered for so many rounds. There’s always a possibility for a stunning upset. Maybe Paulie has got into Broner’s psyche enough to make one happen.

Posted June 22, 2013 12:30 pm 


I thaught as boxing fan you would know that courage and toughness only don’t win you fights. Skills, a good chin and heart have a far better chance of getting you there. Yes I saw those fights and I’m great fan of Miguel Cotto and was damn happy when he whipped Paulie ass. Anyone who losses to that con Khan has a little future in boxing just like that looser called not so Super Judah.

Posted June 22, 2013 11:29 am 


Broner is a geek trying to be a smart ass. He seems a bit thick in 1-2-1 interview situations and has not got the gift of the gab. He has not been tested and I hope Pauli has a good night and takes him to 12. Pauli is one tough dude, has to be with only a hand full of stoppages. He knows he has to take the long route to victory as there will be no sudden ko’s for him. He hung in with a prime Cotto which pretty boy wanted no part of.

Posted June 22, 2013 11:19 am 


Fight Aficionado: You could at least speak factually, if you don’t provide factual information then “normal” people aren’t going to sway to your point of view, and if you aren’t trying to have people at least give credit to your point of view, then what are you writing for? Lucas jut fought Petterson, and it was about a month before this Broner bout, how was he available? Same for Danny… who was available? what are you talking about? meanwhile, Broner is moving up to fight a guy who has NEVER lost to a man that wasn’t either lineal champion or P4Per at some point, that’s the facts.

Posted June 22, 2013 11:05 am 


Easy fight for AB…..I hope deep down inside that Magic Man can at least humble the kid some.

Posted June 22, 2013 11:02 am 


“This fight isn’t a PPV but you would never guess from the buzz that it has created ” Everyone involved with the boxers will regret that it’s not a PPV event. It should have been. The draw will be huge. It’s an important fight. This will likely be Paulie’s last chance to prove himself as a champion and Brones first real opportunity to prove himself as a great boxer. I really hope Paulie finds a way to beat Broner. He deserves a fantastic win.

Posted June 22, 2013 9:00 am 


I’ve seen in my cristal ball Paulie is going to knock out cold Broner with a super poweful right hand :D

Posted June 22, 2013 7:00 am 


FA – give us names of who was available.

Posted June 22, 2013 5:18 am 

Fight Aficionado

“Seeing that no one at 140 pounds was available at this time for Broner to fight, Paulie is about the best Broner could find.” – Everyone at 140 was available. Broner’s getting 1.5M and Paulie’s got 1.1M. Both are getting bigger paydays than these other more proven champions are at 140. Best Broner could find LOL. He cherrypicked Paulie because he can’t break paper bags with his punches and he has a trinket. The end.

Posted June 22, 2013 4:12 am 


hecdog – 100% correct.

Posted June 22, 2013 4:11 am 


Broner will get KO by a head butt.

Posted June 22, 2013 3:58 am 

Tomato Can

Broners fighting Paulie for a reason. He’ll win and he’ll beat Paulie up too.

Posted June 22, 2013 3:16 am 


and if it wasn’t, you’d call this bout a toss up or you’d pick Paulie, because he’s extremely skilled.

Posted June 22, 2013 2:52 am 


CORRECTAMUNDO: on a skill to skill basis, Malignaggi es upper echelon… he really really lacks elite power.. he just does NOT have it at all, but his SKILLS get him the wins. This is beyond skills alone.

Posted June 22, 2013 2:52 am 


Judging by all interaction I’ve seen between the two. It appears that Paulie Malinaggi’s body language is very relaxed while Broner at certain times seemed to be uneasy, stressed and rigid with almost pacing and repetitive movements. This all ties in to what the psychology field calls “numbing” or dissociating. In other words, Broner appeared to subconsciously find a way to ease his elevated levels of stress. I think Paulie has effectively gotten into Broner’s head. Not sure how or if it will sway the fight either way but considering that Broner has moved up two classes and is fighting the toughest fight to date against a very seasoned, experienced, successful boxer….. I’d say Paulie gos into this fight with an enormous mental edge, what he does with his edge; we will only know after the opening bell.

Posted June 22, 2013 1:13 am 


broner moved up 2 weight classes for this mismatch.

Posted June 21, 2013 11:46 pm 


Nope. He believes in SKILLS though. And that’s why he’ll WIN. Broner by FACE lumping UD or late stoppage.

Posted June 21, 2013 11:41 pm 


Paulie wins via smart boxing and deep waters!

Posted June 21, 2013 10:40 pm 


Easy pick. Broner all the way.

Posted June 21, 2013 10:14 pm 


Seeing that no one at 140 pounds was available at this time for Broner to fight, Paulie is about the best Broner could find. And I like this fight. Paulie is a slick fighter, he needs to be due to his lack of power, and should offer Broner some good target practice. Broner gets better and better every time out and will pass this test with flying colors — Paulie will get worn down and stopped in the later rounds. Next up for Broner: being a huge problem for anyone in the 140-pound class.

Posted June 21, 2013 9:10 pm 


Malinaggi was comprehensively outoxed by Ricky Hatton, which speaks volumes. Paulie is getting stopped.

Posted June 21, 2013 8:55 pm 

Public Enemy

A future Ricky Fatton…

Posted June 21, 2013 8:45 pm 

Public Enemy

Have you ever seen how fat Broners father is? Broner is a future Fat boy…

Posted June 21, 2013 8:44 pm 

Fight Aficionado

Interesting Broner actually weighed a few more oz than Paulie. Scale doesn’t matter in this fight, but I wonder if he won’t fight below 147 from now on. He’s pretty GD short to rise this high in weight this early in his career.

Posted June 21, 2013 8:27 pm 


Broner represents everything that’s wrong with this sport, he’s what you call a paper champ, made up, all that stuff and all the real fighters Paulie for example has fought, hatton, cotto,khan, senchenko, and his name is no where near the clowns what does that tell me….ALL BUISNESS, please don’t remove my comment this time writer someone has to talk the truth caus the writers here at ESB DON’T!

Posted June 21, 2013 8:09 pm 


If paulie had more power i would pick him. But he is not slick enough to keep broner off him. Broner by ud or late ko

Posted June 21, 2013 8:00 pm 


Paulie will win this one. He has more experience.

Posted June 21, 2013 6:55 pm 


Wish Paulie could win this one but its hard to see that happen and Broner is gonna win.

Posted June 21, 2013 4:37 pm 


Dayumm…Broner is so damn dark he blends right into the background and Im not even exaggerating.

Posted June 21, 2013 4:35 pm 

terror tim

This is a good test for Broner. I fully expect him to pass but he isn’t fighting a bum here. Doesn’t have to worry about facing the true power of a welterweight with Paulie but he can box. After this I want to see Broner take on some real top guys though.

Posted June 21, 2013 3:49 pm 

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