Malignaggi Likes Khan To Beat Mayweather AND Pacquiao

Paul Malignaggi, who many folks consider the best Xs and Os analyst on TV today, came away after watching Amir Khan get the job done in fine fashion against no-slouch Devon Alexander on Saturday night in Las Vegas mightily impressed.

The Pride of Bensonhurst was asked if this was the best version of Khan we have all seen as a pro.

“Considering the opponent, it could possibly have been, yes,” the 34-year-old hitter/TV talking head told me.

One thing I’ve noted, like with Wladimir Klitschko after a while, Khan’s chinny label seems to be diminishing. Is he still maybe susceptible in the chin/wiring department, though?

“He’s smarter about his defense now,” the New Yorker answered. “He doesn’t get too greedy offensively.”

Agreed; I think Virgil Hunter is the PERFECT fit for Khan, as he preaches super-smart offense, always in the context of being defensively aware.

So Paulie, straight up, does the Khan you saw Saturday beat Floyd Mayweather if they glove up?

“Yes,” he told me. And the reasons Malignaggi cited for that stance include Khan’s superior traits in the areas of: range control, speed and pace. “He throws a lot in combination,” he continued. “Floyd to me is the best ever, but styles make fights, and Floyd is also no spring chicken anymore.”

And while we are on the subject of theoretical pondering…what about Khan versus Manny Pacquiao?

“Different style but I think Amir does everything Pacquiao does, but better,” Malignaggi said.

Wait…are you saying Amir Khan is the best pound for pound fighter in the game today, in your mind?

“No,” he said. “Styles make fights.”

Got it; so who then could beat Khan right now?

“Keith Thurman does. Kell Brook might. Khan vs. Brook would be a great fight that is a tough one to predict a clear-cut winner.”

Thurman has been catching Twitter heat for under-performing, people saying his bite in his Sat. fight vs. Leonard Bundu didn’t match up with his pre-fight barking, which included nipping at Mayweathers’ heels. So I was semi-surprised to hear Paulie say, “Thurman can force the physical pace necessary if he fought Khan, he’s a bigger man physically and he knows how to use that when necessary, even when he’s not taller.”

Lots to chew on there, friends. Give your insights into Paulie’s takeaways, in our Fabulous Forum!

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-Pazuzu :

Paul Malignaggi, who many folks consider the best Xs and Os analyst on TV today, came away after watching Amir Khan get the job done in fine fashion against no-slouch Devon Alexander on Saturday night in Las Vegas mightily impressed. The Pride of Bensonhurst was asked if this was the best version of Khan we have all seen as a pro. "Considering the opponent, it could possibly have been, yes," the 34-year-old hitter/TV talking head told me. One thing I've noted, like with Wladimir Klitschko after a while, Khan's chinny label seems to be diminishing. Is he still maybe susceptible in the chin/wiring department, though? "He's smarter about his defense now," the New Yorker answered. "He doesn't get too greedy offensively." Agreed; I think Virgil Hunter is the PERFECT fit for Khan, as he preaches super-smart offense, always in the context of being defensively aware. So Paulie, straight up, does the Khan you saw Saturday beat Floyd Mayweather if they glove up? "Yes," he told me. And the reasons Malignaggi cited for that stance include Khan's superior traits in the areas of: range control, speed and pace. "He throws a lot in combination," he continued. "Floyd to me is the best ever, but styles make fights, and Floyd is also no spring chicken anymore." And while we are on the subject of theoretical pondering?what about Khan versus Manny Pacquiao? "Different style but I think Amir does everything Pacquiao does, but better," Malignaggi said. Wait?are you saying Amir Khan is the best pound for pound fighter in the game today, in your mind? "No," he said. "Styles make fights." Got it; so who then could beat Khan right now? "Keith Thurman does. Kell Brook might. Khan vs. Brook would be a great fight that is a tough one to predict a clear-cut winner." Thurman has been catching Twitter heat for under-performing, people saying his bite in his Sat. fight vs. Leonard Bundu didn't match up with his pre-fight barking, which included nipping at Mayweathers' heels. So I was semi-surprised to hear Paulie say, "Thurman can force the physical pace necessary if he fought Khan, he's a bigger man physically and he knows how to use that when necessary, even when he's not taller." Lots to chew on there, friends. Give your insights into Paulie's takeaways, in our Fabulous Forum! Follow Woods on Twitter, and help him fight the war on Christmas! [url=http://www.thesweetscience.com/https://twitter.com/Woodsy1069]https://twitter.com/Woodsy1069
Paulie may we'll be right on these counts. I think the Khan we are seeing now could definitely beat Pac. Not sure about Mayweather. As Shadow pointed out in a previous post, Khan will never beat Floyd at the inside game. The big question is whether Floyd still has the legs and movement to make Khan fight that fight. I'm not sure he does. Either one would be a great match up.


-Radam G :

Paulie may we'll be right on these counts. I think the Khan we are seeing now could definitely beat Pac. Not sure about Mayweather. As Shadow pointed out in a previous post, Khan will never beat Floyd at the inside game. The big question is whether Floyd still has the legs and movement to make Khan fight that fight. I'm not sure he does. Either one would be a great match up.
Pauline -- I mean Paulie -- ain't nuffin' [$??] but a talking-head super hater. Back in the day, he also said that Cotto would beat Da Manny. And when it didn't happen, he said that it was no doubt in his mind that "Pacquiao is on steroids." If Khan trainer Virgil Hunter is dumb enough -- but he ain't -- to let Khan enter dat squared jungle across from Da Manny, Khan is going to get an extreme, violent, gorilla beat down. Da Manny would shock the world by the type of surprised speed and violent of action that he would register on Khan. When it comes to friendship, Khan is a betraying weasel and squirrel because he has a mythical believe that Islam makes the Muslims superior to all other humans. Have you ever heard Khan speak out against the violent Islamic subverts, converts and reverts? I wonder why? Muslim athletes around the globe have always spoke against hijackers of Islam doing dat terrorism jive. Where you at, Amir? Don't be fooled by optical illusions. They are every d@mn where. Da Manny would give fake-arse Amir Khan a massive contusion. Holla!


-Froggy :

Radam G, doesn't pull his punches anymore than Pacquiao would if he were to meet and beat Khan !


-Radam G :

OOPS! I musta' fo'got! I hollered about the violent Islamic subverts, converts and reverts. But I didn't say the worse one -- the perverts. Oh, YUP! Amir is in the league of the perverts. His arse believes the Muslim's fouled weak hadith that Muslim believing men can take "non believing women and Christian and Jewish women as sex slaves." I ain't no AC-DC dude. But did anybody, but me, see Amir Khan on Skype showing his small, short Johnson to the girls and gays? That is right -- GAYS! I'm just here to skool ya, and not try to fool ya. It is another fouled weak hadith that allows Muslims to take gay lovers for pleasure when in this world there is a severe shortage of sex slave dames, damsels and dolls. Time for me to quit! Ain't trying to start some s***! And as they say from the mean streets of the U.S. mainland -- "Don't start none, and it won't be none!" Talking-head Paulie never had a powerful punch, but now he has a powerful voice. And he is still full of syet. Oh, how I miss (unc) Howard, aka "Tell it like it is" the late, great Howard Cosell. Most of the taking heads nowadays are full of bullsyet, and you can easily tell. Holla!


-Bernie Campbell :

I keep preaching to the choir that the best and most feared fighter in that 140-147 pound division is Lucas Mathysse! He was robbed twice already! I believe hes got great connecting and head cracking power! Dosent matter if you put him in with Floyd Manny or Amir! Its lights out unequivicly!


-Froggy :

Lucas against anybody is a guaranteed good fight !


-amayseng :

Paulie thinks Floyd is the best ever? Spare me the bs, Paulie has legitimately become the biggest kiss *** ****rider in the sport. He sold out to TSAH like a straight bitch. The old country looks down on weaklings like this.


-The Shadow :

Paulie thinks Floyd is the best ever? Spare me the bs, Paulie has legitimately become the biggest kiss *** ****rider in the sport. He sold out to TSAH like a straight bitch. The old country looks down on weaklings like this.
He's said that for years, actually, way before he was with Haymon. Even back when he was with DiBella. First time I heard him say it was in 2009. So he hasn't sold out; that's his opinion and he's entitled to it. Doesn't make him a weakling.


-deepwater2 :

Paulie thinks Floyd is the best ever? Spare me the bs, Paulie has legitimately become the biggest kiss *** ****rider in the sport. He sold out to TSAH like a straight bitch. The old country looks down on weaklings like this.
tsAH's best business move was to pay off Paulie so he would stop badmouthing him in the press. Paulie used to say tsAH is what's bad about boxing. Paulie will not bite the hand that feeds him.


-amayseng :

He's said that for years, actually, way before he was with Haymon. Even back when he was with DiBella. First time I heard him say it was in 2009. So he hasn't sold out; that's his opinion and he's entitled to it. Doesn't make him a weakling.
He sold out his belief's and dignity for money...Weak.


-leon30001 :

He's said that for years, actually, way before he was with Haymon. Even back when he was with DiBella.
Funny because in this video, circa 2009, he says that if Pacquiao beats Cotto he'd be the best ever...which Manny duly did.
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZiBa0L123k


-deepwater2 :

Funny because in this video, circa 2009, he says that if Pacquiao beats Cotto he'd be the best ever...which Manny duly did.
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZiBa0L123k
Great find. It doesn't get any clearer than that.


-dino da vinci :

Funny because in this video, circa 2009, he says that if Pacquiao beats Cotto he'd be the best ever...which Manny duly did.
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZiBa0L123k
@leon30001. Great interview. Lot going on on that site. Guys, check it out.


-Radam G :

Funny because in this video, circa 2009, he says that if Pacquiao beats Cotto he'd be the best ever...which Manny duly did.
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZiBa0L123k
Thanks for putting that there. I was going to do it, but I don't want to appear to be like a "GOTCHA" guy. And I'm waiting on somebody to pull up the Paulie's syet when he didn't thinks highly of Money May. I gotta shotgun ride with A-seng. Paulie is a straight-up tsAH sellout -- a puckin' chameleon. I can find stuff on Paulie that would knock your socks off. He is a HATER! He is an agitator with vapors. And he is an idiot who make excuses about every fighter ever associated Da Manny are on roids. And dat Da Manny is on dat syet. Paulie is tsAH's ______ ______. I hope that he fights another one of Da Manny's ex-sparringmates and get the double fudge knocked OUT! Holla!