Paulie Malignaggi enjoyed a controversial split-decision victory against Pablo Cesar Cano on Oct. 20, but the “Magic Man” feels the judges made the right call. As far as the WBA world welterweight champion is concerned, he earned his victory against Cano, and he’s already put the controversy behind him.
“Through two-thirds of the fight, I was barely touched,” Malignaggi said during an interview with FightHype.com. “I’m a white guy, dude. If you look at me in the corner, I mean, if I’m being hit, you’ll know. If you look at me in the corner through 8 or 9 rounds of that fight, I’m unmarked, you know what I’m saying…at the end of the day, the result stands, you know what I mean? It’s a split decision win for Paulie Malignaggi and I’ll go on to other things, and I’m still the WBA welterweight champion.”
Paulie actually got off to a good start against Cano, but the latter found his groove as the fight progressed. Cano took over in the middle rounds, and he capped off what should have been a victory with his 11th round knockdown of Malignaggi. Like many boxing fans, I personally scored the fight in favor of Cano, but I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a robbery. It was a close fight, but it wasn’t that surprising to see the hometown guy get a favorable nod.
Paulie Malignaggi plans to move forward with his boxing career, and he refuses to let his performance against Cano affect his confidence heading into his next fight.
The WBA has selected undefeated Diego Chaves (22-0-0, 18 knockouts) as the mandatory challenger for Paulie’s welterweight title, so he’ll have to deal with another dangerous opponent in his next outing. Chavez is starting to establish himself as a dangerous welterweight, knocking out six of his last seven opponents.
If Paulie Malignaggi fights the same way he did against Cano, he’ll have a hard time getting past Chavez — if he accepts the fight. If he brings his A-game, it should be a rather entertaining affair.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.