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Team Malignaggi upset about early weigh in

NEW YORK (June 7, 2006) - Team Malignaggi is upset about Friday's weigh in being held at 1 PM, rather than the traditional 5 PM start, for Saturday night's WBO light welterweight title match at Madison Square Garden between defending champion Miguel Cotto (26-0, 22 KOs) and Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi (21-0, 5 KOs). Malignaggi's manager, Sal LoNano, questioned the weigh in time being so early. "This is a disgrace," he fumed.

"Why is it at 1 o'clock? I've never heard of such a thing. It's usually at 5. I'm concerned about the safety of my fighter. By the time Paulie steps into the ring, he'll be fighting a super middleweight. I was even willing to do it at 3, but that's not an option. It (early weigh in) gives Cotto an edge; four extra hours to put weight back on, and four less hours of starving himself to make weight.

It's just not fair and I'm very upset about this decision. I think we should consider asking a few doctors for their opinion about the potential safety and health issues of an early weigh in."

Article posted on 07.06.2006



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