"It doesn't really matter whether he's under my skin, dude. I mean, I've been fighting for 12 years. We can get under each other's skin or not, it doesn't matter, dude. When the bell rings, I'm focused and I'm ready. I always have been and always will be," stated WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi shortly after errupting on Adrien Broner during his segment of a conference call held earlier today. Speaking to members of the media, Malignaggi insisted that although he's pissed and irritated, there's nothing Broner can say to get him off his game plan when the two finally face off next Saturday, June 22, at the Barclays Center.
"Yeah, at times, I'm pissed; at times, it's tongue and cheek. I guess it depends on the opponent, but it doesn't really matter. We got a job to do Saturday night. That's what really counts," Malignaggi explained. "No talking has ever gotten me out of my game. There's things that have gotten me out of my game in the past, but definitely not the talking...some of it is schtick and some of it is, yeah, I'm irritated; I'm irritated for a couple things."