Paulie Malignaggi eked out a split-decision win at Barclays Center over Pablo Cano, and had to contend with a knockdown in Round 11 to make the drama in waiting for the scorecards that much more potent.
One judge gave it to Cano -- who couldn't win Malignaggi's WBA welter title because he didn't make weight -- 118-109. The other two gave it to Paulie, 114-113. The crowd booed the decision, by and large.
"Paulie had a lot of experience, but I had heart and experience. I know I won this fight. Listen to the crowd: They know I won the fight," Cano said.
"I thought I clearly won the fight," Malignaggi said. "He's a warrior. I don't know the one scorecard, I thought I was in control the whole fight. He'll be champion one day, just not tonight. He was stronger than I thought."
And next for the 31-year-old Malignaggi? "I want [Ricky] Hatton next," he said.