“I never lie because I don’t fear anyone. You only lie when you’re afraid.” John Gotti
“The loudest one in the room- is the weakest one in the room.” Frank Lucas
There’s a few things you can never really recover in life– like the rock after it is thrown, or the word after it is said. Sure, you can retrieve both, but if your rock or your word broke something (like say a window or a promise), then the shattered glass can never be repaired, nor can the broken pieces of trust you’ve dismantled.
La cosa nostra.
If given a choice between Danny Garcia and Paulie Malignaggi, which one would you consider to be the more stand-up guy? The one with a ride or die chick who lives by a mafia creed. The one, who would stand undaunted in the face of fire, or fight with iron in a cloud of smoke.
“Swift” girlfriend Erica Mendez (who’s about to have a love child with her musical, Puerto Rican erstwhile lothario from Philadelphia) might not be “Bossy” like Kelis, but she doesn’t seem like the Adrien Broner boning floozy who was trading backshots with a certain Brooklyn born Sicilian. One who happens to be a tough and resilient pugilistic opportunist who uses Showtime as a sidepiece commentating gig.
Its a very capo thing to do. A very Christopher Moltisante thing to do. Michael Imerioli’s manic, uber-intense and iconoclastic badass from “The Sopranos” had “Future Legend” aspirations and craved the type of Hollywood adulation fame comes with. He would seem an epic TV screen version of a real life former world champion in the ostentatious and double-crossing Malignaggi.
“Crista-fuh” (as girlfriend Adriana called him) eventually lost to ambition gone compulsive at the hands of boss Tony Soprano- a result which probably would have been much more violent had Tony Montana gotten ahold of him.
Oliver Stone’s iconic, lava tempered man of riches from rags, is somewhere in the area of a hardened form of 40’ish menace. He cares for nothing but money, sex and sin – in no particular order, does not live tomorrow and will kill you today. Garcia is not an evil antagonist, but at 26, he’s got time to become one, and who’s to say Montana wasn’t a better human being in his 20’s?
But I thought it interesting that boxing’s real life legendary “bad guy” Roberto Duran, actually helped prepare Al Pacino for his classic role. Hyperbole and cinematic scope aside, Garcia, who will never be a classic boxer, will have to mold himself into a Duran-like monster in order to successfully navigate 147 lb waters that begins in a swimming session with Malignaggi.
DANNY GARCIA VS. PAULIE MALIGNAGGI
They say the early bird gets the worm, but its the second mouse that gets the cheese. This would all but eliminate the prospects of the rat, for a youth and speed that doesn’t lie has everything to do with his chances. For all the lying and cheating he’s accused Manny Pacquiao of, Paulie Malignaggi is becoming a poster child for the quintessential liar and turncoat.
After being bludgeoned and concussed while on the wrong end of a massive beating from Shawn Porter, Malignaggi decided to retain the services of the infamous Angel “Memo” Heredia in preparation for Garcia (30-0, 17KO). Heredia, a synthetic PED (performance enhancing drug) designer who received world wide attention after helping Olympic and professional athletes evade detection, has been heavily suspected of supplying all-time great Juan Manuel Marquez with “gangster” cups of piss to drink for Pacquiao.
After hurling so much scorn and vitriol at Pacquiao for suspect behavior (in between publicly trashing Al Haymon as being bad for boxing right before signing with him), it is hard to attach credibility to Malignaggi (33-6, 7KO) as of late. For all of his shortcomings – real or imagined – in the area of integrity, Malignaggi is a master boxer (albeit one in steep decline), but there are a handful of reasons why he’s probably going to get executed this weekend.
The world’s best pure boxers, men like Floyd Mayweather or Andre Ward, bring a very scientific approach to their game, knowing that there are very small things that separate them from elite level challenges. Things like height, reach and distance control matters down to the millimeter, something Malignaggi has demonstrated over the course of his over-achieving career.
The ring becomes a place of high stakes geometry to the master boxer, as every single aspect or angle gets broken down into fractions. In order to understand why Paulie is likely to receive a massive ass-whooping at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn this coming weekend, it has everything to do with him now being too much of a rat.
No matter what kind of training regimen or cocktail he’s ingested, at an old 34, his body and physical tools are not suited for the welterweight division at all. His speed, defensive reflexes and movement (once world championship level elite), is now average at best, which when coupled with a complete lack of power, will get him sleeping with the fishes against Garcia. He’s not as tricky as Mauricio Hererra or as strong as Lamont Peterson to bother “Swift”, who’ll strike him even cleaner than Porter did. Look for Paulie Malignaggi to get Tony Montana’d by Danny Garcia over 8 one-sided rounds, sending him crashing into his ringside broadcast team and retirement. Be sure to catch all the live action this on August 1st, as Premier Boxing Champions presents Garcia vs. Malignaggi on ESPN.