When you see Paulie Malignaggi heading towards a microphone, you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know whether to prepare to laugh or to cringe. In reality, usually it turns out to be a little of both.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“When he goes off,Ã¢â‚¬Â his promoter, Lou DiBella, told me with a shrug, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I mean, I sometimesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ like, I tremor! He goes off and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sitting there shaking my headÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â
But itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mostly endearing, right?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Oh yeah! ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s definitely mostly endearing, but he says certain things, and then people hold me accountable for things that Paulie says. I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t control PaulieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s month. I mean, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve given up a long time ago censoring Paulie Malignaggi.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The fight may have been a fairly big letdown for something called Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Event.Ã¢â‚¬Â Joshua Clottey provided not much more resistance than the heavy bag in my apartment. And a decent undercard turned out pretty lousy.
But last nightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fight further reiterated the star power Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and drawing power Ã¢â‚¬â€œ that Manny Pacquiao possesses. And as it somewhat numbs the bad feelings of the disintegrated holy grail fight of Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather that was supposed to take place last night, it whets our appetite for that matchup when it finally happens.
Because it will happen, and the power of Pacquiao is the biggest reason. For a fight against a guy virtually nobody in the general public knows, and who essentially refused to throw punches, he drew over 50,000 people to a football stadium. For a boxing match. In 2010.
If there was any question before that Pacquiao is the face of the sport, that should clear it up.
The highly anticipated war between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto went down on Saturday night pretty much as I expected, but it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mean that PacquiaoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s victory was any less striking or significant.