Malignaggi Picks Manny Over Broner
While the fight has yet to be officially announced, pundits and fans are starting to predict the outcome of a potential January fight between Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner.
Former world champion and 2013 opponent of Broner’s, Paulie Malignaggi will be sitting ringside for the potential Las Vegas bound fight and needs to re-assess Pacquiao because of who his last opponent was.
“I can’t really make a decision on Pacquiao with his last fight, because [Lucas] Matthysse was always a guy who had no heart. He was like the perfect opponent,” Malignaggi said.
While Broner may be younger, the current Showtime analyst feels that the 39-year-old may have something left, and puts the odds in the WBA “regular” welterweight champion’s favor
“I think it’s a good fight. It depends on what Pacquiao has left. Broner has an issue with closing the gap without punching. He likes to come in and then punch. Pacquiao has these long punches that he likes to throw that to prevent you from ever finding your range – especially for a fight with a style like Broner,” Malignaggi said.
“Let’s see. Maybe Pacquiao’s legs are not that good anymore and Broner is able to close that gap. Broner is very good on the inside when he closes that gap. When he gets on the inside and throws those creative combinations, it’s good stuff by Broner too.
“My common sense tells me that Pacquiao fights at range and he does well. But, is his age catching up to him? I think if Pacquiao has the old legs, Broner doesn’t even get near him. And old legs meaning the legs that he used to have. But if he has ‘old’ legs, then Broner can close the gap and it’s a tougher fight and probably Broner can win it.”
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