Paul Malignaggi and I played the what-if game Thursday at Gleason's, and I asked what he thought about a matchup between a man he fought, Amir Khan, and Floyd "Money" Mayweather.
Team Mayweather announced at a Wednesday media lunch in New York that it would be making a popularity and relevance push for Mayweather in the U.K. to widen the scope of his brand. That would correlate with a faceoff against the Brit Khan, who is a transcendent celebrity in his nation.
Malignaggi said he's hearing that the powers that be like the idea of a Mayweather-Khan scrap in May.
"And what about me in the co-feature in England? I'm big in England," Malignaggi said, harkening to his 2008 appearance on a Ricky Hatton undercard in Manchester and a fight with Hatton in Vegas six months later. "I'd need a win to get into that."
He wouldn't go there, and call Khan chinny, but Malignaggi didn't disagree that punishment absorbed in a December 2010 bout against Marcos Maidana didn't do Khan's chin a bit of good. "He does get hit with left hooks," Malignaggi allowed.
We also talked about his recent assertion that Mayweather is the best ever -- the top of the pugilistic pyramid, bar none. I wondered what he thought of the blowback on social media, with a majority of those weighing in labeling that call absurd.
"That kind of talk makes boxing fun," he said. "But let's remember, I do this for a living. I feel I know more than 99.9 percent of the people out there. I see what Floyd does in there. I see how he adapts."
And sorry Angelenos, Malignaggi is preparing to move back to New York. He purchased a home and will be here full-time within a few months. Back to Brooklyn?
"Nah," he said, grinning, "I like my privacy."
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