Although far from official, WBA welterweight titleholder Paulie Malignaggi is considering fighting WBC lightweight champion “The Problem” Adrien Broner on June 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Broner (26-0, 22 KOs) most recently exited the squared circle on Feb. 16 with a fifth-round TKO triumph over Welshman Gavin Rees in front of a raucous crowd at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
The 23-year-old Broner, who is often compared to “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather due to dominating roughly 300 amateur pugilists, twice floored Rees (37-2-1, 18 KOs) before trainer Gary Lockett mercifully halted the battering at 2 minutes, 59 seconds into the round.
Comparatively, Malignaggi, a former IBF light welterweight king who has won five consecutive bouts at 147 pounds, last vacated the ring with a split-decision victory against Mexican Pablo César Cano.
"[Golden Boy COO] David Itskowitch sent an e-mail to my team the other night and it said that it came from [Golden Boy CEO] Richard Schaefer about fighting Adrien Broner. I think that Adrien is a very talented guy, but it's a very winnable fight for me," said Malignaggi, 32, who last lost to Amir Khan by an 11th-round knockout in May 2010.
"Adrien is a guy who is getting a lot of hype and a lot of press, so a win over a guy like that would put me in a great spot. So it was brought up to do a fight with Broner at June 22 at Barclays Arena. Obviously, it's a fight against a guy that people consider to be the future of the sport, yada, yada, yada. So, having said that, if Adrien wants to take a chance on a welterweight opponent like me and he's that confident, then why not? I'm a competitor. We'll get it on for the right price and under the right circumstances, being that it would be for the welterweight world title. I would fight him, absolutely."
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
Perron expects Broner to trump Rees and continue his maturation into one of the sport’s premier scrappers.
“Broner looks like the next great,” said Perron, 76, who worked with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler (62-3-2, 52 KOs) at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “He looks like he’ll become the next superstar as today’s big guns begin fading away.”
Despite getting his face broken by Miguel Cotto in June 2006, Malignaggi somehow managed to go the distance against the Puerto Rican icon.
Hence, the Brooklynite is undoubtedly a legitimate badass brimming with testicular fortitude.
Nevertheless, regardless of any size advantage favoring “The Magic Man,” Broner, a cocky and flamboyant wunderkind who is ranked as the No. 1 lightweight in the world by BoxRec and the sixth preeminent pound-for-pound fighter by The Ring, would overwhelm Malignaggi.
Should Paulie Malignaggi and Adrien Broner “get it on for the right price and under the right circumstances,” “The Problem” would knock “The Magic Man” onto Queer Street within eight lopsided rounds.