Trainer Eric Brown on Paulie Malignaggi's Future

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Eric Brown trains Paul Malignaggi, the analyst/fighter…or is it fighter/analyst…who lost his last outing, against Shawn Porter, and absorbed a bunch of punishment to the head, which left him with head aches.

I chatted with Brown at Gleason's Gym, in Brooklyn, as he oversaw his guy Hugo Centeno, who fights James De La Rosa Saturday night, at Barclays. We chatted about what middleweight Centeno needs to do to win, but before that, I asked Brown about Paulie's future. Think he will fight again? Think he should fight again? “Paulie hasn't signed off on anything yet,” he told me. “It's on him. He's still got a lot of fight in him. He still loves it…but he doesn't need it.”

Brown to me seemed fine from the prospect of the 34-year-old Paulie (33-6) fighting from a health perspective, and you have to respect, massively, his input. Another fight would have to be the right fit, from a style perspective and the stakes, he thinks, would have to be at a level worthy of Paulie's legacy.

Me, I'm guessing Paulie gloves up again, because his pride is maybe his greatest asset as a pugilist. He can't begin to accept going out with an L, that April TKO4 loss, as the last thing on his ledger. He said he will get through the holidays before making a decision, or announcing it.

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-deepwater2 :

Paulie and Bernard each need 1 more farewell fight against movers not punchers. MSG or Barclay's should host. I nominate that they find Darling Jimenez wherever he is and let Paulie avenge his Golden Gloves loss by way of robbery. Bernard should fight really Bad Chad and get him out of there once and for all.


-Radam G :

Good matching, D2. That is grand. Holla!


-The Shadow :

Paulie and Bernard each need 1 more farewell fight against movers not punchers. MSG or Barclay's should host. I nominate that they find Darling Jimenez wherever he is and let Paulie avenge his Golden Gloves loss by way of robbery. Bernard should fight really Bad Chad and get him out of there once and for all.
You should become matchmaker for SMS. The one they have sucks.


-Radam G :

Paulie is a fine fanboy for Money May, a great talking head, a Pac-hater, a paid flunky for tsAH's agenda and an over-the-hill pug who is always accusing too many clean fighters of using dat syet because they whupped his arse or he just doesn't dig them. And now he is lying about how the politics of the game works. I can name a 100+ times off the top of my head that the champ was a B-side or equal side fighter. No pug got more money fighting than GOAT Ali, Big Money Oscar or Sugar Ray Leonard EVER in any scrap. So who and what decides A-side and B-side. Sure! Not the heck Paulie. Holla at his latest tirade:
->http://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=yzA6ykzUvYM. His soft-punching arse ought to retire or fight Tim Bradley. He-d would also accuse Bradley of being on dat syet and a "B-side fighter." Holla!