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So, Who Wins - Malignaggi Or Hatton? Both Ricky Hatton and Paulie Malignaggi won last night, but it could be argued that neither guy has ever been hit quite as much as they are being caught nowadays. Hatton has never been a defensive master, and against Juan Lazcano he was never going to turn into one. But Malignaggi, at least in the early days of his career, was a tough guy to hit cleanly.. Last night, however, in his rematch with Lovemore N'dou, "The Magic Man" appeared easier to hit than ever before. The question is, now that both fighters have seemingly lost at least a second or so in terms of speed, who will win when Hatton and Malignaggi meet later this year?

The two men will reportedly clash in November, with either Madison Square Garden or Las Vegas almost certainly being the only possible venues for the intriguing bout. And one thing can definitely be counted on: that of the fight being a sell-out occasion. Both fighters are great at selling tickets, Hatton especially. And as such the November showdown will have no trouble at all in attracting one helluva live audience.

Not only that, but the fight is a pretty tough one to call. Yes, both guys have seen better days, but the New Yorker and the Mancunian remain two of the most determined and authentically tough fighters in the sport today. Malignaggi, with his flashy style, attention to image, lack of punch-power and penchant for effeminate hairstyles (the less said about last night's hairdo and its effect on his performance the better!) may not seem at first glance like a tough guy - but he most certainly is. As anyone who saw his gutsy effort against the mighty Miguel Cotto can attest.

Hatton, too, is a genuine warrior. Past the sublime peak that saw him out-tough and batter all-time great Kostya Tszyu he may be, but "The Hitman" will not fold easily in any fight. As such, Ricky will not be looking at the possibility of being hurt against the admittedly light hitting "Magic Man." Out-boxed Hatton may be in November, but stopped? No way.

But who will emerge with the IBF 140 pound title when the two fighters collide?

It's a good match-up, without a doubt. Hatton-Malignaggi is also a tough one to pick at that. The two men's style should mesh well enough to provide a good, crowd-pleasing fight. And the bout will also likely go the full scheduled distance. Indeed, a Hatton body shot KO aside, what we are talking about here is an engrossing and extremely watchable 12-rounder.

Who will win? For what it's worth, and by going by nothing more than both fighter's performances last night in Manchester, this writer's money says Hatton will be the IBF light-welterweight champion once again before the end of the year!
 

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Malignaggi looked real poor the other night. If he boxed and moved like he did for most of the first fight with Ndou it would be a close fight, but Hatton should easily beat the Paulie off the last two fights, possibly by stoppage.
 

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It depends on which Malignaggi shows up as to how wide Hatton will win. I think Hatton wins either way. Paulie can't gain Hatton's respect with a pop, so Hatton can be Hatton and just run around like a madman swinging wild. Hatton will smoke Paulie.
 

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It depends on which Malignaggi shows up as to how wide Hatton will win. I think Hatton wins either way. Paulie can't gain Hatton's respect with a pop, so Hatton can be Hatton and just run around like a madman swinging wild. Hatton will smoke Paulie.

Did you take your smart pills today? :D
 

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If I could be arsed I'd go back and find a post in a thread a few weeks ago where I was saying a below par/past it Hatton still beats Malignaggi with relative ease and all I got was;

" You would say that you're a Hatton fan"

Maligngaggi just isn't that good and I'm not just basing that upon his last two performances. Maybe he is suffering from the hiding Cotto gave him, I dunno, but I was disgusted he looked so bad the other night because I was planning on putting major cash on Hatton.
 

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He showed he had heart against Cotto but after that he just showed his cocky with very little to back it up. Once a good fighter learns that there is no way he can hurt them they will just charge in and maul him. That's what Ricky will do and Paulie will eat canvas in that fight.
 

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He showed he had heart against Cotto but after that he just showed his cocky with very little to back it up. Once a good fighter learns that there is no way he can hurt them they will just charge in and maul him. That's what Ricky will do and Paulie will eat canvas in that fight.
Considering the amount of unnecessary shots Hatton ate the other night from a much slower fighter I'd imagine Malignaggi's hand will break in the first round anyway:laugh:
 

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Considering the amount of unnecessary shots Hatton ate the other night from a much slower fighter I'd imagine Malignaggi's hand will break in the first round anyway:laugh:
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A varible that we all forgot. Ricky's fight tactic should be to catch as many straight rights to the dome as possible. Then he can tie Paulie up on the ropes and choke him with his own hair.
 
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Like I said before sat night...Malignaggi has ZERO chance

I voted Hatton KO even though Paulie can take a punch. I just think Hatton will be fired up for this one.
 
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