Paulie Malignaggi: How boxing is more dangerous than MMA

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Former IBF junior welterweight and WBA welterweight champ, current boxing commentator and analyst, and soon to be bare-knuckle boxer Paulie Malignaggi is smart. He was brought in to serve as a sparring partner for Conor McGregor's boxing match vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. and then lobbied for an extraordinarily lucrative bout himself. That failing, he now faces McGregor sparring partner and teammate Artem Lobov in the main event of Bare Knuckle FC 6 on June 22. Being smart, he has ramped up the trash talk to levels that would make McGregor blush, vowing to piss on Lobov, put him in a coma, and spitting on him; for better and for worse, this will put asses in seats.

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“Lobov and the mixed martial arts community have really disrespected my sport in a lot of ways, boxing, saying that we fight with pads on and it’s not a real fighting sport and what not, but we have all the deaths,” said Malignaggi, as transcribed byJed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “We have more of the deaths by a long shot. We have more of the permanent damage by a long shot. This is not to diminish the danger of mixed martial arts or any other combat sport, but there is a reason why boxing has more deaths and more traumatic brain injuries in one night, because we are the most dangerous combat sport.

“I don’t care how many 360 roundhouse kicks you can do, at the end of the day you can just [tap] and it’s over. In boxing, if you sit on your stool, you’ll never live it down the rest of your career. ... In MMA, Mr. Tap Machine Conor does it every fight. He’s done it what, three out of his last four fights? He’s not Notorious McGregor, he’s Tapout McGregor but at the end of the day, he’s still the biggest star there. It’s more acceptable to save your life, in MMA, they praise these guys. He’s over there selling whiskey and people are buying it. In boxing, if a guy quit as much as this guy quit and he tried to make any product, they’d kick him in his ass and say get the f*** out of here with your bum product.”

“At days’ end, the reason for me to say ‘Put him in a coma’ or ‘kill him’ or whatever, listen, you don’t ever want, wish bad things on anybody, but honestly, would I feel bad if he wound up there? No, I wouldn’t feel bad because he disrespected all of the families and all of the people that I’ve known personally who have gone through this."

“When your piece of s*** community and your piece of s*** people talk about ‘we fight with pads on and now you’re in a dangerous sport like MMA,’ when nothing of the sort happens to you which is why you have a circus of a fanbase because it’s like wrestling. At the end of the day, no matter what happens to you guys, [tapping] assures you you’re gonna see that guy next week. [Tapping] assures you you’re gonna see that guy in a few months. In boxing, you don’t have those assurances so there’s a respect level even to the trash talk that we have and it’s being surpassed now, it’s being overcome with this garbage that we have from this other community. For me, I think the way you solve it, seeing one of their own in a coma, seeing one of their own in a f***ing coffin, then you say, ‘You know what, this s*** is not a joke.’

“Fighters risk their lives, no matter what combat sport they’re in. You’re risking your life getting in there, bro. Your life can change in one night. But no other sport does it change like boxing. Boxing does it to everyone and boxing does it at all levels, from the lower level to the world-class level. . . So there’s a reason that I talk the way I talk around this piece of s*** and around the piece of s*** people that he has around him. Because there’s a respect that needs to be earned and there’s a respect that needs to be given. So maybe since they don’t understand and know how to give it, maybe him winding up in a f***ing coma will make the whole community understand. And hopefully, he wakes up from that coma if I put him in it and even then he’ll understand what I’m talking about.”

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