Malignaggi in 2010
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
November 23, 1980 |
New York City,
New York, U.S.
|Wins by KO||7|
Paul "Paulie" Malignaggi (born November 23, 1980) is an American professional boxer and commentator. Nicknamed the "Magic Man," he is a former IBF junior welterweight and WBA welterweight champion.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Boxing career
- 2.1 Light Welterweight
- 2.2 Welterweight
- 3 Professional boxing record
- 4 Titles in boxing
- 5 Acting and other media
- 6 Personal life
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Malignaggi was born in Brooklyn to Sicilian immigrant parents. He spent most of his early days in Syracuse, Sicily. Six years later, after Paulie's brother Umberto was born, the family decided to settle back in Brooklyn, but Paulie's father stayed for only a few weeks before returning to Italy. Paulie's mother remarried and the two brothers didn't get along with their new stepfather. In 1996 the pair got into a fight with their stepfather and not long after, they were kicked out of the house. Paulie then lived with his grandparents until he got his own home years later. Paulie got into trouble often at school, and was regularly in street fights, taking knives and even a gun some days. He was eventually expelled from high school for getting into fights and ditching classes, his grandfather took him to work each day until Paulie pleaded that he be allowed to take up boxing, he was eventually given the chance and never looked back.
Malignaggi vs. Cotto
Malignaggi vs. Cherry
Malignaggi vs. N'dou
On June 16, 2007, Malignaggi defeated Lovemore N'dou via a 12 unanimous decision to win the IBF Light Welterweight Championship at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. The bout was one sided with one judge awarding the bout a 120–106. Lennox Lewis, who was commentating at ringside for HBO, described Malignaggi's performance as a "boxing clinic." After this win and the victory over Edner Cherry earlier in the year, Malignaggi was awarded the Ring Magazine comeback of the year award at the end of 2007.
Malignaggi vs. Ngoudjo
On January 5, 2008, Malignaggi defended his title against Herman Ngoudjo in a highly competitive match held at Bally's Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Malignaggi controlled the fight with his jab until he was stunned in the 7th round, but Ngoudjo failed to finish the job. After the seventh, Ngoudjo became ineffective with his aggression and came up short and lost a wide unanimous decision, which although fair, did not reflect the competitiveness of the fight.
Malignaggi vs. N'dou II
On May 24, 2008, Malignaggi beat Lovemore N'Dou in a rematch by split decision to retain his IBF title at the City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester, England. Malignaggi was in control for the first half of the fight, boxing behind his faster and crisper jab. Prior to the fight, Malignaggi was sporting hair extensions which proved to be a problem throughout the fight until his trainer Buddy McGirt cut them off in his corner between rounds eight and nine. Malignaggi appeared sloppy in the second half of the fight as N'Dou came back to make the fight close. In the end, Malignaggi pulled out a close victory and also suffered a fractured right hand in the fight. Malignaggi vacated his title on September 19, 2008.
Malignaggi vs. Hatton
On November 22, 2008 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Malignaggi fought The Ring and IBO Light Welterweight Champion Ricky Hatton. It was billed as the boxer against the brawler. Hatton dominated and won every round but the first. Hatton rocked Malignaggi in the second and several other times during the fight, leaving Paulie to hold on, doing exactly what he publicly said Hatton does. With Malignaggi way behind on points, his trainer Buddy McGirt threw in the towel during the 11th round. Paulie to this day adamantly blames the training style of Buddy Mcgirt for the loss. He says Buddy was responsible for the negative changes in Paulies style of boxing leading up to this fight. A loss in which he believes he would not have suffered otherwise, pre Buddy Mcgirt or post.
Malignaggi vs. Díaz I & II
On August 22, 2009 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Malignaggi fought former lightweight titlist Juan Díaz for the vacant WBO NABO Light Welterweight title at a catch-weight of 138½ pounds. Unofficial HBO scorer Harold Lederman scored the fight 115–113 for Malignaggi, but none of the three judges saw the fight this way. Gale Van Hoy had it by an 118–110, Raul Caiz had it 115–113 and the other Judge, Dave Sutherland scored it 116–112, all in favor of Juan Díaz. In the post fight interview of the Juan Díaz fight (interviewed by Max Kellerman, HBO boxing analyst), Paulie was furious, stating that "boxing is full of shit." He also stated that the only reason he is continuing to fight is because of the good pay day.
A rematch with Juan Díaz occurred on December 12, 2009 in Chicago on HBO. This rematch went in Malignaggi's favor when he defeated Juan Díaz by unanimous decision. All three judges scored the fight 116–111 in favor of Malignaggi. In the fight, Malignaggi threw more punches but only landed 21% of them while Diaz landed 28% of his, but threw less.
Malignaggi vs. Khan
Malignaggi's next fight was against Amir Khan in Madison Square Garden in New York on May 15, 2010. The press conference took place in London on March 12 while another press conference was held in New York City, United States on March 16. Malignaggi was stopped in the eleventh round by the referee. As the fight progressed, Malignaggi began to fall behind on points and the result began to get comfortable for Khan. He was very overmatched throughout the fight. This would be his last fight at Jr. welterweight, he had a very difficult time making weight for this fight and it showed in his performance. On September 28, 2010 it was announced that Malignaggi signed with Golden Boy Promotions.
Malignaggi vs. Senchenko
Malignaggi vs. Cano
Malignaggi vs. Broner
Malignaggi then went on to fight Adrien Broner on June 22, 2013. Malignaggi lost a split decision, with one judge scoring the fight 115-113 for Malignaggi, and the other two scoring 117-111 and 115-113 for Broner. The decision was disputed....Many felt it was a delusional effort to try to create a superstar out of Adrien Broner. Adrien Broner was subsequently beaten in a decisive decision his very next fight by Marcos Maidana.
Malignaggi vs. Judah
Malignaggi then faced five-time champion and fellow Brooklyn native Zab Judah at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on December 7, 2013. In the second round, after Judah connected with a hard left hand, Malignaggi went down but argued that it was a slip. Malignaggi got up and went to dominate the remainder of the fight en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Malignaggi vs. Porter
Entering the fight as a 2-to-1 underdog, Malignaggi faced Shawn Porter at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. on April 19, 2014. Malignaggi was cut in the first round by a Porter double-jab, and was knocked down early in the fourth round before being defeated by TKO at 1:14 in the same round.
Malignaggi vs. Garcia
Malignaggi took on Danny García at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, August 1, 2015. It was Malignaggi's first step up to fight at 147 lbs. Malignaggi was cut above his right eye by the third and had a large welt beneath the right eye by the sixth. At the time of the stoppage, at the 2:22 mark of the ninth round, Malignaggi was absorbing a succession of blows as referee Arthur Mercante Jr. stepped in and wrapped his arms around him, signaling the end. Garcia was awarded a technical knockout.
Malignaggi vs. Fazekas
Following the loss to Garcia, Malignaggi wasted no time to return to the ring a month later, fighting in Italy for the first time in his career against little-known 25 year old Hungarian boxer Laszlo Fazekas. Infront of a sold out crowd of 550, at the Teatro Principe in Milan, Malignaggi who won on points after 8 rounds. The three judges had it (79-72, 80-71, 80-71) for Malignaggi. Fazekas showed signs of dirty tactics and paid the price by being deducted a point in round 3 for hitting with inside of the glove.
Malignaggi vs. Moscatiello
Malignaggi returned to the boxing ring again in December against Italian boxer Antonio Moscatiello (20-2-1, 14 KOs) on the undercard of Joshua-Whyte at the O2 Arena in a 12 round scheduled fight for the vacant EBU welterweight title. This was the first time Malignaggi had fought in the UK. Malignaggi was supposed to fight 47-year-old Gianluca Branco, however that fell apart after Branco reportedly pulled out of the fight. The fight went the full 12 rounds as Malignaggi claimed a wide points victory on all three judges scored it 119-110, 119-110 and 120-109.
Malignaggi vs. Bracero
According to ESPN, reports stated Malignaggi would be fighting 35-year-old Gabriel Bracero (24-2, 5 KOs) on the undercard of the Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton fight card on July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Malignaggi defended his 'King of Brooklyn' belt and local bragging rights. Using rapid footwork and moving in and out, Malignaggi won the first eight rounds as Bracero stood in front of him not moving or chasing or changing strategy. The final judge’s scores were 96-94, 98-92 and 98-92. After the bout, Malignagg returned to commentating at ringside.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|43 fights||36 wins||7 losses|
|43||Win||36–7||Gabriel Bracero||UD||10||Jul 30, 2016||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|42||Win||35–7||Antonio Moscatiello||UD||12||Dec 12, 2015||The O2 Arena, London, England||Won vacant European Union welterweight title|
|41||Win||34–7||Laszlo Fazekas||UD||8||Sep 26, 2015||Teatro Principe, Milan, Italy|
|40||Loss||33–7||Danny García||TKO||9 (12), 2:22||Aug 1, 2015||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|39||Loss||33–6||Shawn Porter||TKO||4 (12), 1:14||Apr 19, 2014||D.C. Armory, Washington, D.C.||For IBF welterweight title|
|38||Win||33–5||Zab Judah||UD||12||Dec 7, 2013||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.||Won vacant NABF welterweight title|
|37||Loss||32–5||Adrien Broner||SD||12||Jun 22, 2013||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.||Lost WBA welterweight title|
|36||Win||32–4||Pablo César Cano||SD||12||Oct 20, 2012||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained WBA welterweight title|
|35||Win||31–4||Vyacheslav Senchenko||TKO||9 (12), 1:10||Apr 29, 2012||Donbass Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine||Won WBA welterweight title|
|34||Win||30–4||Orlando Lora||UD||10||Oct 15, 2011||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|33||Win||29–4||José Cotto||UD||10||Apr 9, 2011||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|32||Win||28–4||Michael Lozada||TKO||6 (10), 2:33||Dec 18, 2010||Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada|
|31||Loss||27–4||Amir Khan||TKO||11 (12), 1:25||May 15, 2010||The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, U.S.||For WBA light welterweight title|
|30||Win||27–3||Juan Díaz||UD||12||Dec 12, 2009||UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.||Won WBO–NABO light welterweight title|
|29||Loss||26–3||Juan Díaz||UD||12||Aug 22, 2009||Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.||For vacant WBO–NABO light welterweight title|
|28||Win||26–2||Christopher Fernández||UD||8||Apr 25, 2009||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.|
|27||Loss||25–2||Ricky Hatton||TKO||11 (12), 0:48||Nov 22, 2008||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||For IBO, The Ring, and light welterweight titles|
|26||Win||25–1||Lovemore N'dou||SD||12||May 24, 2008||City Stadium, Manchester, England||Retained IBF light welterweight title|
|25||Win||24–1||Herman Ngoudjo||UD||12||Jan 5, 2008||Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Retained IBF light welterweight title|
|24||Win||23–1||Lovemore N'dou||UD||12||Jun 16, 2007||Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.||Won IBF light welterweight title|
|23||Win||22–1||Edner Cherry||UD||10||Feb 17, 2007||Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|22||Loss||21–1||Miguel Cotto||UD||12||Jun 10, 2006||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||For WBO light welterweight title|
|21||Win||21–0||Donald Camarena||UD||10||Feb 10, 2006||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.||Won WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title|
|20||Win||20–0||Jeremy Yelton||UD||8||Aug 25, 2005||Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|19||Win||19–0||Sandro Casamonica||TD||7 (12), 3:00||Dec 4, 2004||Barton Coliseum, Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.||Won WBC International light welterweight title;
Unanimous TD after Casamonica sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
|18||Win||18–0||Ramiro Cano||UD||10||Jun 17, 2004||Harrah's, Laughlin, Nevada, U.S.|
|17||Win||17–0||Rocky Martinez||UD||10||Apr 22, 2004||Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|16||Win||16–0||Paul Delgado||UD||8||Dec 6, 2003||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|15||Win||15–0||Jesus Abel Santiago||UD||8||Oct 24, 2003||Jimmy's Bronx Cafe, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|14||Win||14–0||Kevin Watts||TKO||6 (10), 2:09||Aug 1, 2003||Casino Ballroom, Hampton, New Hampshire, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Shad Howard||UD||6||Jun 3, 2003||Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Paul Delgado||SD||8||Nov 23, 2002||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Chad Lawshe||UD||6||Oct 13, 2002||Loews Regency Hotel, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Anthony Simpkins||TKO||2 (6)||Aug 30, 2002||Harry Cipriani Bar, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Jadschi Green||UD||6||Jul 26, 2002||Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Andre Baker||UD||6||May 30, 2002||Days Inn, Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Sterling Gethers||UD||4||Apr 12, 2002||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Antonio Young||UD||6||Jan 18, 2002||Hilton Hotel, Huntington, New York, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Jose LaPorte||UD||4||Dec 7, 2001||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Cornell Jackson||UD||4||Nov 23, 2001||Roseland Ballroom, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Luis Melendez||KO||3 (4)||Nov 10, 2001||Fernwood Hotel & Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Robert Sowers||TKO||4 (4)||Jul 26, 2001||Roseland Ballroom, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Thadeus Parker||TKO||1 (4)||Jul 7, 2001||KeySpan Park, New York City, New York, U.S.||Professional debut|
Titles in boxing
Title last held byMiguel Cotto
|WBC International light welterweight champion
December 4, 2004 – August 2005
Title next held byHerman Ngoudjo
|WBC Continental Americas light welterweight champion
February 10, 2006 – June 2006
Title next held byEmanuel Augustus
Title last held byAhmed El Mousaoui
|European Union welterweight champion
December 12, 2015 – May 2016
Title next held byMohamed Mimoune
|IBF light welterweight champion
June 16, 2007 – September 19, 2008
Title next held byJuan Urango
|WBA welterweight champion
April 29, 2012 – June 22, 2013
Acting and other media
Malignaggi has done print clothing ads that have been featured in magazines such as Esquire magazine, Playboy magazine, and Frank 151 magazine. He also had a small role in the movie Undefeated featuring John Leguizamo, and had a feature documentary on his life leading into his fight with Miguel Cotto titled "Magic Man", which later aired on Showtime. Japanese video game company Nintendo used him to portray their character Little Mac in the live-action trailer for the new sequel Punch-Out!! for the Wii. Malignaggi is a featured fighter in EA Sports' Fight Night Round 4 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Malignaggi is currently an award winning commentator for Showtime, Fox Sports 1 and British channel Sky Sports boxing broadcasts. In 2015, Malignaggi featured in Blue Bloods episode "Home Sweet Home."
Paulie currently splits time between Brooklyn, Long Island, Los Angeles, but primarily lives out of Miami. He also visits Sicily once a year. He is a fan of the New York Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, New York Giants, New York Rangers, and a supporter of the Major League Soccer club New York City Football Club, the Italian national team, the United States national soccer team and Serie A soccer club, A.C. Milan. Besides speaking English, he can speak Italian and Sicilian as well as Spanish.
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- "Malignaggi Making Noise in and out of the Ring". The Wall Street Journal. December 6, 2013.
- The Official Website of Paul "The Magic Man" Malignaggi
- Paul Malignaggi Official Fan Store
- Biography of Professional Boxer Paulie Malignaggi
- Official Sponsors of "The Magic Man" Malignaggi
- Professional boxing record for Paulie Malignaggi from BoxRec
- Magic Man Film Review
- Becoming a People's Champ
- Official Premier Boxing Champions biography