Mosley-Malignaggi fight in jeopardy; Paulie wants Maidana on April 27th
By Scott Gilfoid: Well it looks like the Shane Mosley vs. Paulie Malignaggi fight may not be happening on April 27th after all. According to Steve Kim, the fight is in jeopardy for some reason and it may not happen. Instead of fighting the soon to be 42-year-old Mosley, Malignaggi now reportedly wants to face his #2 WBA contender Marcos Maidana.
Steve Kim at Maxboxing.com said this on his twitter today: “Richard Schaefer says that Mosley-Malignaggi is in jeopardy and may not happen after all on April 27th…. #boxing. Paulie actually sounded a tad relieved he wasn’t going to face Mosley, realized it was a classic no-win situation #boxing. Paulie Malignaggi on the Shane Mosley fight falling apart,”Let’s make the Marcos Maidana fight.”
This is interesting since a Maidana vs. Malignaggi fight is the much better fight than the Malignaggi vs. Mosley fight in terms of fan interest. Malignaggi was going to take a ton of criticism for fighting Mosley, and if Malignaggi would have lost that fight he’d be considered washed up by a lot of boxing fans.
That was the true definition of a no win fight for Malignaggi if he were to fight Mosley because even if he beat Mosley, no one would give him much credit since Mosley hasn’t won a fight in over four years. That’s a fact that’s hard to imagine considering how good Mosley was earlier in his career. At least if Malignaggi loses to Maidana, he won’t take as much flak because Maidana is a tough customer and capable of beating a lot of guys at welterweight and/or light welterweight.
If Malignaggi at least looks good in getting stomped by Maidana then it won’t be nearly as bad as if he were to fight Mosley and somehow lose to the guy. That would literally be the kiss of death for Malignaggi. I mean, if Malinaggi is going life and death with Pablo Cesar Cano and losing to 42-year-old Mosley, then I don’t see what more he could do in the sport in terms of fighting. I think he would be a great broadcaster, but as far as fighting goes, he’d be pretty much through.
Maidana will be a really tough fight for Malignaggi because he likes to throw a lot of punches and hits really hard. He’ll walk through Malignaggi’s jabs and really pound him. Malignaggi’s last opponent Cano didn’t throw enough punches because he had the power to give Malignaggi problems despite being painfully slow of hand and foot, but he just didn’t throw enough punches to win.
Maidana would be the opposite of Cano. He’d be all over Malignaggi, hitting him on the inside all night with huge shots and it would be a minor miracle if Malignaggi saw the 12th round in that fight. It would be pretty brutal. Malignaggi would have to run for 12 rounds and I’m talking about really running for him to survive against Maidana.
I’m betting that Schaefer will be able to iron out the differences between Mosley and Malignaggi, so we’ll still likely see this embarrassment on April 27th. It’s too bad because the Maidana-Malignaggi fight is the much better fight for boxing fans.