"Coming off of a performance like he just did, I woulda took home the belt I stole and just kept my mouth shut, you know...I didn't have anything to do with the fact that they got a gift. I didn't even give my opinion on it, you know what I mean? I'm going to give my opinion on it now because they came at me, so, my opinion is they got a gift. I think Bradley has a belt that doesn't belong to him. Hey, you know, that's for everybody else also to judge, not just me. But like I tweeted, my belt is getting lonely and needs a friend. It would be a great unification match, but I'll fight anybody," stated WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi, who responded to recent comments made by Bradley's trainer, Joel Diaz. You don't want to miss what else he had to say about his future plans and much more. Check it out!
BT: What's good Paulie? I know you're looking forward to fighting at Barclay's in October.
PM: Yeah, I'm fighting at Barclays. Nothing's been confirmed, but that's the plan. Barclays Center in October.
BT: Are they still talking about Dmitriy Salita possibly, or is it still wide open?
PM: I don't know. It's wide open, you know? Salita's got a name, but there's a lot of guys I'm willing to fight for the title, so we'll see what comes out of it. It's also gotta make dollars and sense, you know? I gotta try and be a businessman about it too. I've gone my whole career trying to fight the biggest names that I can. I just want to be able to do it the right way now. Josesito Lopez just got a nice win this weekend too, so anything's possible.
BT: Did you watch the fight between Lopez and Ortiz?
PM: Yeah, yeah, I thought it was a real good fight, man. I think Victor gets a bad rap because he's made such a bad reputation for himself. He walked right by me when he got out of the ring, man, and that shit is broke; that shit is broke for real, you know what I mean? That did not look good. It's just that he's made a bad reputation for himself with certain decisions he's made in the past, so now people don't want to give him the benefit of the doubt in this situation, you know? It's hard. It reminds me almost like that story about the boy who cried wolf, you know what I mean? He quit and he made a bad reputation for himself when he shouldn't have, but now that something really is wrong, nobody wants to give him any pity, you know what I mean? Yeah, there's been fighters that fought through broken jaws before, but you don't really know until you walk a mile in his shoes. Everybody wants to say, "Oh, I would've fought through it," but you don't know until you're actually in that situation. If your jaw is broken, even the punches you're blocking hurt. It's a difficult situation and nobody can really judge it unless they're in that situation. People were saying they didn't really believe that his jaw was broken and all that. When he walked right by, his jaw, to me, it looked really fucked up. I actually almost feel sorry for the kid because, in the past, believe me, I have criticized some of the things he's done too that I didn't think he should've done, but in this situation, it's a situation where you can't really say what you would've done in those shoes. He fought a valiant fight. Everybody complains, but Victor Ortiz and Josesito Lopez gave an entertaining fight on Saturday night, man. It was an anti-climactic ending, but it was still a good fight. People lose sight of the fact that Victor was part of a good fight. He's still a 25-year-old kid at the end of the day. He's a grown man, but he's still young. I think people should take a look at the criticizing at a certain point. Maybe you've seen Victor Ortiz around for a long time because he reached a high level at an early age, but he's just 25 years old and sometimes, he just might act his age.
BT: I know you mentioned Timothy Bradley on Twitter recently. Even though that fight would probably be difficult to make since he's with Top Rank, I actually think that's a pretty good unification fight that should happen.
PM: Yeah, it was just comical that they're going off running at the mouth, you know? Coming off of a performance like he just did, I woulda took home the belt I stole and just kept my mouth shut, you know?
BT: (Laughing) Damn. That's messed up. You brought up a good point on Twitter about Bradley though. I mean, if he doesn't get that Pacquiao rematch, he really doesn't have anyone else to fight at welterweight.
PM: They don't have anybody to fight, so I guess they're just trying to stir the pot, which is fine. If you gotta stir the pot, then do what you gotta do, but don't come throwing that bullshit my way, man. You know what I mean? I didn't have anything to do with the fact that they got a gift. I didn't even give my opinion on it, you know what I mean? I'm going to give my opinion on it now because they came at me, so, my opinion is they got a gift. I think Bradley has a belt that doesn't belong to him. Hey, you know, that's for everybody else also to judge, not just me. But like I tweeted, my belt is getting lonely and needs a friend. It would be a great unification match, but I'll fight anybody.
BT: So what did you think of that fight between Bradley and Pacquiao? You said Bradley stole the belt, so obviously you thought Pacquiao won.
PM: Yeah, I had Pacquiao winning. I didn't have it 10-2 or 11-1, whatever everybody else had it, but I did have Pacquiao winning about 8-4, or 7-5 at the worst. First of all, it's hard with HBO commetators. I mean, they're so used to seeing one guy, but still, I did think Manny won the fight, you know? HBO couldn't stop with the cheerleading. They do it time and again, you know what I mean? They do it when Manny fights. They used to do it when Oscar De La Hoya fought. There's just some guys they cheerlead and it gets annoying to listen to.
BT: I'm so used to it, I don't really pay any attention to them anyway. I was at the fight though and I had it 8-4 for Manny. You've been in a situation like that before, when you fought Diaz in Texas, where the judging was bad. How serious of a problem do you think that is? Is it simply because the judges are old and having a hard time seeing everything that's going on or do you think there's legitimately some corruption going on in the sport?
PM: I think it's definitely corruption. I don't know to what extent that they're being corrupted. I don't know how it works behind the scenes like that. There's definitely no way anybody is that stupid. There's no possible way that people are that stupid, you know what I mean? When it's just there's no gray area in a fight and there's just a white and a black, like the fight was either on the white side or the fight was on the black side, you know what I'm saying, like the fight was clearly one-sided and there's no possibility of it being a draw; some fights, alright, it could go either way, but then there are fights where it's like, "Alright dude, nobody is that stupid." I'll bring up Paul Williams and Erislandy Lara, I'll bring up Manny with Tim Bradley, and there's countless other ones you can probably bring up, you know what I'm saying, but nobody is that stupid.
BT: No doubt. There were some people saying that you were just looking to get an easy payday in your next fight, but it sounds like you're willing to fight anyone so long as, business-wise, it makes sense.
PM: You know, I'm looking forward to doing something nice at Barclays Center, whether it be big for boxing with a big-named opponent or whether it be even big for Brooklyn, like a fight with Salita. I'm just trying to keep it diplomatic and see what the best case scenario is for me right now. I've gone my whole career just trying to fight one name after another, man, you know. Some I've won and some I've lost, but you get to a point where it's like, you know what? I want to get in like everybody else gets in. I don't want to just have to fight a monster every fight. That's basically what I've done my whole career. If it comes down to fighting a monster, you know, I'm all for it. At the end of the day, push comes to shove, I'll get in the ring with tough guys, and if not, opening up the Barclays Center, you know, we can deal with that too. We'll see how it plays out, but I do have a world title and I do want to fight big names, be it now or be it next year.
BT: Is it difficult trying to figure out your next move when you've got promotional companies at war with each other and certain fighters unavailable because of that?
PM: In the past, I'd get myself stressed out like, "Aw man, I want to fight this guy; maybe it'll be this guy." Now, I'm just kind of enjoying my life and when it comes down to it, you know, when it's time to train and time to get a fight, I'll get on the ball, you know what I mean? I try not to make it the focal point of my every day life, wondering what's going on with my career. Luckily I won this title, so I know something nice is going to come of it. I don't want to spend every day thinking about that. I have a life outside of boxing, so I kinda want to focus on that too.
BT: Sounds like this is an older, wiser Malignaggi.
PM: Yeah, yeah, or maybe just tired of shit (laughing).
BT: (Laughing) No doubt. That too. All of the above. Well I don't want to keep you on too long because we're going to get you back on the site more often. Is there anything else you want to put out there?
PM: Nothing else going on right now. I'm in LA right now, just chillin'. I think in the next month, I'll know something.