With fight time less than two days the final presser to publicize this weekend’s WBA welterweight title fight between champion Paulie Malignaggi and Adrien Broner was an expected explosive affair.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer opened the proceedings in Brooklyn and told Paul Malignaggi and Adrien Broner in no uncertain terms to focus on the fight instead of talking about each other’s past and present girlfriends.
“This is about promoting a fight,” said Schaefer. “I think if they want to focus on that they’re going to do a disservice to the sport and a disservice to themselves.”
Broner was finally took his place on the stage midway through the press conference and announced: “I gotta put on a hell of a show. I’m not here to bash you Paulie. You’re a great Italian who wears his hats to the side. I want you to keep your day job because after this you won’t be relevant in boxing without a microphone.”
Taking no notice of Schaefer’s warning, Broner then acknowledged Malignaggi’s girlfriend “Jessica” in the audience and said he will knock Malignaggi “the f__k out.”
When it was Malignaggi’s turn to speak he countered: “idiots in the media asking stupid questions.” Then he pointed out that Jessica wasn’t his girlfriend, just someone he slept with. Before stating Broner is everything that is wrong with boxing and promising “I’m gonna beat your arse.”
June 20, 2013