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NEW YORK – IBF junior welterweight champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi hopes to ink a pact early next week to confirm his dream deal: a two-fight arrangement culminating with a showdown against the world’s recognized No. 1 junior welterweight, Ricky Hatton, The Ring magazine and IBO title-holder.

“I’ve got to admit that, after the Cotto fight,” Malignaggi said, “I never thought that I’d get the chance to fight another great champion again. I believed in myself, but it was almost like I proved too much to everyone, that I had skills, but most of all, that I’m as tough as anyone who ever laced on gloves. I’m really grateful that Team Hatton looks like they’ll give me the opportunity to fight on Ricky’s big card in Manchester in May and then against him in the Fall in the United States.

“Ricky and I have a lot in common. Both our fathers were soccer players – his in England and mine in Italy – and we’ve both paid our dues and earned the respect of the fans and other fighters. The only marks on our records came against two great fighters, Mayweather and Cotto. What makes it so exciting is the big difference in our fighting styles. Ricky is rough and tough; an all-action fighter who takes advantage of everything he can to get the win. You’re never going to see a Hatton fight that doesn’t keep you on the edge of your seat. Most of my fights have been boxing matches. The excitement was dictated by how aggressive the other guy wanted to be. If they brought it, they got it back times 10. I know I’m at the top of my game right now and that’s what it takes to have a chance against a great champion like Ricky Hatton.”

Malignaggi (24-1, 5 KOs) captured the IBF title last June, defeating champion Lovemore N’dou (45-8-1) by 12-found decision, and Paulie successfully defended his belt in January with a 12-round decision against No. 1 contender Herman Ngoudjo (16-1).

“Everyone was blown away when they heard Ricky was going to fight at City of Manchester Stadium,” Paulie continued. “It’s going to be crazy over there! They’ve had a lot of quality fighters in Great Britain - Joe Calzaghe, David Haye, Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank. They also had Lennox Lewis, but nothing like what Ricky means to them. Vegas was crazy last December and I know we can bring that atmosphere back when we go at it in the Fall. This won’t be a Friendly, more like a World Cup match, wherever we fight.

“My goal has always been to make the biggest and best fights, just like my great friend, Floyd Mayweather, has told me to do. A match-up between me and Ricky will be a Super Fight, one talked about for as long as there is boxing. No other fight at 140 matters. And before the fight, well, everyone knows that I talk a lot of smack, so Ricky’s not going to get any breaks there, either. Like with Floyd, me and Ricky can save seeing if we’re cool until once we’ve earned each other’s respect at the only place it counts – in the ring. There is no one, I repeat, no one I want to fight more than the No. 1 guy in the division - Ricky Hatton. Forget the money, forget the titles, this is about being the best. I know that if I get in the ring with Ricky Hatton, I’ll show him and everyone else what I’m made of, that I am the best 140-pound fighter in the world.

“I want to thank Ricky, his father, Ray, his lawyer, Gareth, who I met in Vegas, my team and everyone at Golden Boy and DBE for working so hard on this. I know I’m not always the easiest guy to deal with because I get so emotional over stupid stuff and open my mouth. I want to hype things up and get my chance to prove to everyone that I can walk the walk with the best. I’m ready to sign on the dotted line and prove to the Hattons and everyone else that Paulie Malignaggi is ready and up for the task of making this the biggest and best promotion that it can be. The best versus the best! If Ricky Hatton can beat me, then he can close the book on the 140-pound division. But no one’s beating the ‘Magic Man’ ever again. Me and Ricky are both professionals and know we can’t get ahead of ourselves. We both know that if we don’t win in May, our fight can never happen. Let everyone know that Paulie Malignaggi will do his part to make this happen and I’m counting on Ricky to do the same.”


What I find funny is Paulie has lost his cockiness since Ngoudjo slapped him silly.
 

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None of this means anything if he can get past Lovemore, whom I'm sure is gonna make the most of this second chance....
 

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What I find funny is Paulie has lost his cockiness since Ngoudjo slapped him silly.
He's Always Been A Gracious Fighter, But He Has Always Been A Showmen As Well. He Knows That His Mouth An Attitude Make Up Or Attempt To Make Up For His Somewhat Boring Fights. He's Gotta Sell Tickets.

But I Always Knew Him And Floyd Had To Be Cool, I Saw A Few Youtube Videos Were He Predicted The DLH Mayweather Fight, Hatton Mayweather Fight, And Even Went On To Somewhat Agree With Floyd Saying He Was The G.O.A.T. And Adding That He Believes Floyd Would Have Beaten The Original Sugar Ray.
 

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For someone that hits like a biotch he sure had a big mouth. then the underdog slapped him around and made him look like a biotch. I think Paulie will be nothing more than an ESPN2 fighter by this time next year.
 

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For someone that hits like a biotch he sure had a big mouth. then the underdog slapped him around and made him look like a biotch. I think Paulie will be nothing more than an ESPN2 fighter by this time next year.
You're crazy.:laugh:
 

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This would be interesting. I'm not impressed with either. Paulie punches like a flower, but could dance around Hatton all night long, no way he would let Hatton work him over, so i guess I'd favor Paulie.
 

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This would be interesting. I'm not impressed with either. Paulie punches like a flower, but could dance around Hatton all night long, no way he would let Hatton work him over, so i guess I'd favor Paulie.
I Had The Sentiment. If Hatton Doesnt Get Him In 6, He's In Trouble. Paulies Jab Is Too Accurate, And We Saw What Floyd Did With A Jab When Hatton Was Tired.
 

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Both looked like shiz in their last performance and one lost and the other one should of. This is a toss up fight imo.
 

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Both looked like shiz in their last performance and one lost and the other one should of. This is a toss up fight imo.

Ricky fought a guy that was quicker than Paulie and hit ahrder enough to keep distance when he needed to. Paulie doesnt have the tools to keep off the Hatton pressure.
 

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But even a weak check hook from paulie could do damage to hatton. We'll have to see. Paulie throws more than floyd and likes to scrap as well.
 

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The problem is Paulie's power shots have roughly the force of a hard snapping jab. ricky will eat Jab's all night but he will land the more convincing shots and execute the oh so important "ring generalship."
 

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But even a weak check hook from paulie could do damage to hatton. We'll have to see. Paulie throws more than floyd and likes to scrap as well.
Kostya cracked him good and Ricky kept coming. I doubt Paulie will hurt him.
 

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Yeah but there's a good chance the referee allows Hatton to UFC his way to a win.
A good chance? No... It's going to happen. I predict an arm-bar and a possible judo throw by round 2.

Both looked like shiz in their last performance and one lost and the other one should of. This is a toss up fight imo.
Really? I scored that fight for Malignaggi.

The problem is Paulie's power shots have roughly the force of a hard snapping jab. ricky will eat Jab's all night but he will land the more convincing shots and execute the oh so important "ring generalship."
He dropped Ndou. That's something Cotto couldn't do. Speaking of Cotto, he also through Cotto back a few feet I thinkin round 9? Paulie throws like a flower, but something tells me that if he puts his lats into it, he can suprise. He's scared of hurting his hands, they are weaker than Mayweather's. :cool:
 
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