Former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi is very interested in the potential fight between Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner.
Pacquiao vs. Broner is being put together to headline a Showtime Pay-Per-View on a date slated for January 2019 in Las Vegas.
Malignaggi lost a close decision to Broner back in their 2013 welterweight title fight.
Pacquiao, now 39-years-old, is only a few fights away from retirement.
Back in July, Pacquiao looked like a guy who turned back at least 10 years when he battered Lucas Matthysse for a seventh round knockout to capture the WBA “regular” welterweight belt – and the victory was Pacquiao’s first stoppage win since November 2009.
But Malignaggi warns that looks can be deceiving.
“I can’t really make a decision on Pacquiao with his last fight, because Matthysse was always a guy who had no heart. He was like the perfect opponent,” Malignaggi said.
As far as the bout with Broner – Malignaggi is picking Pacquiao to walk away with the win, but age can become a factor and that could very well lead to an upset.
“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.”