Paulie Malignaggi, the Twitter King, the NYC P4P No. 1, is back in the boroughs for the holidays. As far as I can tell, Malignaggi isn’t in an indulgent mode, as he barely nibbled while gorgeous grandma pies were laid in front of him at his manager Anthony Catanzaro’s pizza joint, Portobello’s, on Murray St. on Monday afternoon.
I did nibble, and managed to take some notes as Catanzaro shared what he wants Santa, or Malignaggi’s promoter, Golden Boy, to stick in their stocking.
As best as I can make out through the sauce stain on my notepad, Catanzaro said, “In a perfect world, we would love to bring WBA world welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko to either Madison Square Garden or the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for a title fight. Hopefully, Golden Boy can get it done.”
Malignaggi signed on with them when he moved to LA a year ago. He basically booked fights with Marcos Maidana and Erik Morales in the last couple weeks on Twitter, but for various reasons those fell through. Too bad…I’d like to see if he could avoid Maidana’s bombs for 12 rounds, and I’d rather see Morales against the light-hitting vet Malignaggi than against young gun Danny Garcia, who could well spell the end of the line for the Mexican legend.
Maybe I’m just partial, because I’m a Brooklyn guy, dealing with the mean streets of Park Slope, and Malignaggi is Bensonhurst bred. But the kid sells the heck out of fights, and with the right stylistic matchup, makes for good fights. I do predict he will headline in an ‘A’ side versus ‘A’ side scrap in New York sometimes in 2012, and will be back on either HBO or Showtime. I’m hoping so; he has only a couple years left in the game, and to be frank, I’ve seen lesser lights get marquee dates lately. And with Barclays opening up next year, and him being the biggest name NY-associated boxer, well, it just makes sense.
In any case, he looks ready to fight on short notice, close to weight, and I appreciate him leaving more grandma slices for me to attack. My diet starts January 1…