Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) and WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KO’s) both successfully weighed in on Friday for their fight on Showtime Boxing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Broner weighed in at 146.8 lbs, and Malignaggi weighed in at 146.4.
Not much happened in the stare down, as both fighters jawed back and forth with another. Malignaggi wanted Broner to stare him in the eyes because he kept pointing to his eyes to get Broner to continue staring at him after he turned his head.
Broner looked good at the weight, and he claimed afterwards that he didn’t have to drain himself to make the 147 lb. limit. He said he ate as he always does and he still made the weight. Broner is probably being honest about it because when he was fighting at lightweight, he would rehydrate to close to 147 for his fights, so it makes sense that for him to easily make the 147 lb. limit.
Broner isn’t like a welterweight that dehydrates down from the upper 160s to fight against smaller guys to gain an advantage. Broner is what you would consider a legit welterweight. It’s too bad that other fighters choose not to fight in their own weight classes and instead drain down to get an advantage against smaller guys.
Malignaggi will likely be the bigger guy by 10-15 pounds tomorrow night. He looked drained at the weigh-in. The extra weight won’t be much of an advantage for Malignaggi because he doesn’t have power.
If anything, the weight could hurt Malignaggi because he needs speed for him to be able to stay out of the way of Broner’s big shots. Malignaggi is going to have to jab Broner silly if he wants to win this fight because he’s not going to be able to beat him in war.
The undercard weights:
Sakio Bika 167.2 – Marco Antonio Periban 167.2
Seth Mitchell 243.8 – Johnathon Banks 216.6