Golden Boy Promotions Respond To Malignaggi/DiBella Comments

LOS ANGELES (September 30, 2009) - Following the release of a series of incendiary statements from Lou DiBella and his fighter, junior welterweight Paulie Malignaggi, regarding the decision of former lightweight world champion Juan Diaz to forego a rematch with Malignaggi this December, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer responded to their statements. "Let the facts be facts. Juan Diaz won the first fight. The only controversy was the wide margin on one of the judges score cards, so there is no reason for Juan Diaz to take short money to fight Paulie Malignaggi again. If Paulie wants to take short money and make it worth Juan's while to come to New York and beat him again, then let us know and we are ready.."

"Juan is one of the most exciting fighters in the world and has a very loyal fan base in Texas which turns out in big numbers to see him fight. If Paulie does not generate the same amount of money at the gate, then why should Juan be punished for that?"

"Juan will fight anyone, anywhere as long as it makes sense from a career and a financial point of view. All of us at Golden Boy are extremely proud of what Juan Diaz has accomplished in and out of the ring."

"Juan delivers in the ring every single time with a thrilling performance. There is no need for Paulie nor Lou DiBella to attack him in any way. Juan has plenty of other options which we will now diligently pursue. These options include a possible mega fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, Robert Guerrero, the winner of Guzman vs. Funeka or a potential showdown with Ricky Hatton in England should Ricky decide to return to the ring."

"We wish Paulie Malignaggi much success with his career."

Article posted on 01.10.2009

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