Malignaggi Fighting May 29 vs. Danny O'Connor

Malignaggi

He didn't like how it went last time out, and though he knows there are more yesterdays in his fighting world than tomorrows, at least when it comes to his in-the-ring work, Paul Malignaggi, isn't ready to exit the stage.

He's 34, and was handled by Shawn Porter when he last gloved up, on April 19, 2014. That TKO4 loss was hard to handle, physically for sure. He was throwing up after, had to go to the hospital, make sure the brain trauma wasn't so severe.

But he's a fighter–duh–and he won't leave the game on that note. Thus, Paulie, regarded as among the best at on TV analysis, is giving it another go, May 29, against Danny O'Connor, at Barclays Center in his native Brooklyn.

That event is topped by a 140 pound showdown between Brit ace Amir Khan and Long Islander Chris Algieri, so local pride and fans from the region will be making a splash on that fight night. The 33-6 scrapper, who holds only 7 Kos to his credit, hasn't let his brittle hands keep him from achieving; he won crowns at 140 and 147, and is a stubborn lad, who won't acknowledge that his time on the fighting stage is past tense. O'Connor is 25-2, debuted in 2008, and makes Massachusetts his home, so we should get a bit of NY vs. Bahston spark in the air May 29. SPIKE will show the tangle.

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-moonshineman :

I wouldn't pay 2o cents to see little Paulie pitter pat punch someone.


-deepwater2 :

I thought O'connor retired? Good matchmaking by Paulie. O'connor is a crafty boxer with not much power so Paulie won't get blasted out.If Paulie loses he will still be on his feet and say goodbye to his hometown fans. The Irish will turn out to Barclay's for this one.


-oubobcat :

I thought O'connor retired? Good matchmaking by Paulie. O'connor is a crafty boxer with not much power so Paulie won't get blasted out.If Paulie loses he will still be on his feet and say goodbye to his hometown fans. The Irish will turn out to Barclay's for this one.
O'Connor did retire briefly in 2013. If I remember correctly, he was frustrated after losing a decision to Vivian Harris in a fight that there was some very strange scoring. He rethought his decision and "came back" last year in a fight on Fox Sports in which he won via knockout in the 4th round on a body shot. He fought a club fighter with a decent record and actually looked pretty good. There were rumors at that point that he was being showcased on Fox Sports as a future opponent for someone at 140 to 147. At the time there was a lot of talk about matching him with Broner but that never came off. So its not surprising to see O'Connor get the fight against Malignaggi. I agree its good matchmaking on Paulie's part and O'Connor will draw in a nice crowd himself to the Barclays Center. He has decent skills and can beat the good club level type fighter but not a huge puncher (despite two recent ko wins) and can't match Malignaggi's speed (even an aging Malignaggi). O'Connor stepped up one time against Gabriel Bracero a few years ago and was completely out classed by Bracero in that fight. O'Connor has improved since so he won't be a push over but still a fight I think Paulie wins. Interesting situation here too. Lou Dibella is Haymon's promoter on record for this event. Remember he and Paulie had a falling out some years ago so should be interesting to see how the two of them handle the promotion of this event.


-SouthPawFlo :

Good to see Paulie Coming Back, as a fighter, I know he didn't wanna go out with the Porter loss as the last time we've seen him...


-stormcentre :

Yep, you always knew he wasn't going to finish on that note.


-Kid Blast :

Danny has shown some real power in his last two fights and could shock PM.