Paulie Malignaggi's Irony

Jess Matthew BeltranCorrespondent IIMay 17, 2010

NEW YORK - MAY 15:  Paulie Malignaggi walks to the ring for the WBA light welterweight title fight against Amir Khan of Great Britain at Madison Square Garden on May 15, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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A relax Paulie Malignaggi was listening to his ipod; minutes before he goes to battle with Amir Khan. He belittles Khan’s abilities and the overflowing confidence was evident on Paulie’s gestures. Wearing a head band that says “Future Legend” Paulie had the perfect game plan against Khan and that is to outbox, outwork and outsmart his opponent with his lightning speed and footwork. Paulie started the war of words trying to get to Khan’s head by accusing him, his teammate Manny Pacquiao and coach Freddie Roach of using PEDs (performance enhancing drugs). There was no evidence not a tiny bit of proof but it is how Paulie works, he wants to get into your nerves and into your head and spoil your game plan by making you fight mad.
The ring walk was sensational, sporting a different hairstyle; Paulie was bouncing up and down and was making the famous Bernard Hopkins signature move… crossing his hands across the neck with his leopard boxing shorts. It seems Khan was in deep trouble. But as the first round bell rang; Khan was all business. Paulie were never hit with those clean shots before in his career and Khan used some stinging jabs that bounce Paulie’s head back and forth. Paulie’s game plan never materializes when he was outboxed, outworked and outsmarted by Khan and not only had that Khan used the same strengths Paulie depends on… speed and footwork. It took 11 excruciating battering rounds before the referee stop the fight. It was a display of Khan’s technical skills against a fighter who doesn’t have plan B on his sleeve. Paulie talks his way to the fight and Khan lets him eat punches literally.
After the fight Malignaggi was quoted saying he reminds himself of Khan Way back when he was young… in the midst of defeat Paulie still thinks of me, myself and I. He was nowhere in the class of Khan even on his prime. He may have 27 wins on his record but he only have 5 knockouts out of it a far cry different from Khan’s 23 wins with 17 knockouts.
Paulie Malignaggi is contemplating on retirement after 11 rounds of humiliating defeat against the fighter that days before the fight he belittles its abilities. Reality is always a bitch and now the truth comes in a form of a slap. Nobody told him that you do the talking on the ring, nobody told him he was a feather puff puncher and nobody told him he is not as great as he thinks he is.
With a looming libel litigation coming from Freddie Roach, now all Paulie has is a white headband that says “Future Legend” now that’s what we call irony.