Danny Garcia had no trouble stepping up in weight to 147 pounds Saturday night.
If he had a different last name, Paulie Malignaggi might never have once arrived at a weigh-in wearing only a stuffed elephant over his crotch. And he probably wouldn’t have shown up at another weigh-in a few years earlier slathered in superhero body paint, looking like he was auditioning for a role in a porno spoof of a Marvel flick (“XXX-Men,” anyone?).
Three fighters who fought on the first boxing card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on October 20, 2012, will be competing there again Saturday night. And each one of them hopes it goes as well as it did the first time around.
It’s sometime around 1974 and a 10-year-old Rosie Perez is in the backyard of her New York home. Her half sister brought her around to strap on the gloves. Let the boxing lessons begin.
They’re seven years apart in age, but Daniel Jacobs and Paulie Malignaggi share a hometown connection that transcends any kind of generational cohort.
As a two-time boxing champion turned analyst, Paulie Malignaggi’s become as adept at translating action into words as he is spearheading the action himself. He’s kind of like the sport’s Rosetta Stone, deciphering what he sees in the ring for just about anyone to understand.
Paulie Malignaggi looks into the camera for his I-told-you-so moment, firing off rhetorical questions like jabs to an opponent’s jaw.
Paulie Malignaggi is breaking down something that’s already broken: the psyche of a fighter. It’s a damaged thing, as he tells it.