By Eric Duran
Former WBA Welterweight and IBF Jr. Welterweight champion, Paulie Malignaggi, attended PBC’s media luncheon this past weekend as part of the festivities for the PBC on NBC card featuring Adrian Broner vs. Shawn Porter.
The colorful and well-spoken Malignaggi spoke candidly with reporters about his upcoming fight Danny Garcia on August 1st at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY. Malignaggi also spoke about the possible matchup between Floyd Mayweather and Gennady Golovkin.
BoxingInsider.com: What are your thoughts on fighting Danny Garcia?
Paulie Malignaggi: I’m excited, it’s a good situation for me. I am anticipating any type of fight from Garcia but you have to be a moron to think it would be anything but a technical fight though. Garcia had a great amateur career, he’s just not a banger like many think he is.
BoxingInsider.com: How has training camp been for this fight?
Paulie Malignaggi: I’m coming off of back to back training camps. For the first time in a like a decade, I’ve been in the gym for an entire year, even if it’s only 3-4 days a week. I’m actually in shape heading into a camp, I’m sharp already, the fight is perfect timing.
BoxingInsider.com: What are your thoughts on Garcia?
Paulie Malignaggi: The media is fickle when it comes to judging the careers of boxers. Garcia didn’t have an easy road to his championship. Garcia will be ready for me and my style.
BoxingInsider.com: How do you feel the media obligations with Angel Garcia will play out?
Paulie Malignaggi: Every fight is a different situation. I respect Angel, we’ll see how it plays out but I’m not worried at all.
BoxingInsider.com: How are you feeling mentally heading into the fight?
Paulie Malignaggi: I can compete against any fighter in the world when I’m focused and sharp. Like I said, I’ve been constantly in the gym staying ready for an opportunity like this,
BoxingInsider.com: Last question, what are your thoughts on Gennady Golovkin fighting Floyd Mayweather?
Paulie Malignaggi: Like I said, the media is fickle. Mayweather debuted at 130lbs, 30lbs less than what GGG is fighting at right now, that’s 6 weight classes. GGG should pick a division and stay in it until he cleans it out. It’s unfair to Mayweather for people and media to think Mayweather has to take that fight.
Photo: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions. Pauli Malignaggi signs an autograph for a fan on August 3, 2014 in Coney Island