"Lots of doubters for both of our careers. But we learn from our mistakes and pick ourselves up. Trust me, even I doubted myself, but you have to dust yourself off and come back stronger than ever....I respect Cano...But they didn't give me either of my world championships, especially not this one," stated WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi, who talked about his upcoming title defense against Pablo Cesar Cano on October 20th at the Barclays Center. Check out what else he had to say!
PAULIE MALIGNAGGI, WBA Welterweight World Champion (Brooklyn)
"Brooklyn, baby. All about Brooklyn for me, and it is amazing because the Barclays Center is so close to where I was born. And I just don't mean New York close, I mean close as in 5 miles from the hospital.
"This is going to be a great show. When I got to the hotel I saw Danny (Jacobs) in the lobby and we both realized it was two years ago that we were together at Gleasons Gym with Brett Yormark and Oscar de la Hoya to announce this whole boxing program.
"If anyone had bet that day that Danny and I would have both been on the show and I was going to headline as one of the main events, they would have made a lot of money because the odds would have been huge.
"(There have been) lots of doubters for both of our careers. But we learn from our mistakes and pick ourselves up. Trust me, even I doubted myself, but you have to dust yourself off and come back stronger than ever.
"When I lost, a lot of people wrote me off, but I got with some great people, went west to train and found a way to get it done. I have always been an ambitious person and a go-getter.
"I have great respect for Golden Boy and I appreciate them believing in me. Since I have signed with them, I have had four fights and now a world championship.
"I respect Cano. There is a level of fighting with a world championship when you're young like he is and of course he is going to be hungry. I know he came up the hard way.
"But they didn't give me either of my world championships, especially not this one. I went across the world and knocked out an undefeated champion who no one thought I was going to beat. That is why I can be proud of my boxing career and put in on display October 20."