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Malignaggi: Mayweather's move rivals that of Tyson
WBA welterweight beltholder Paulie Malignaggi looks forward to calling Floyd Mayweather's bout on Showtime Pay Per View, and would also welcome the opportunity to fight on his undercard.
WBA welterweight titleholder Paulie Malignaggi shared his thoughts on what it was like working this past Saturday's Showtime card as a ringside commentator in the days following Floyd Mayweather's ground-breaking, multi-fight deal with the network.
Mayweather (43-0, 26 knockouts) will face WBC interim beltholder Robert Guerrero on May 4 as part of a potential $250 million six-fight Pay Per View deal with Showtime.
On Saturday night, Mayweather worked as both a promoter and a corner man.
Mayweather was the chief second in the corner of Detroit middleweight prospect J'Leon Love (15-0, 8 KOs), who earned a unanimous decision over Derek Findley (20-9, 13 KOs), and also watched Ishe Smith (25-5, 11 KOs) score a split-decision over Cornelius Bundrage (32-5, 19 KOs) to win the IBF junior middleweight belt.
Love and Smith are promoted by Mayweather Promotions.
Coming off October's split-decision victory over Pablo Cesar Cano in defense of his belt, Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KOs) addressed the atmosphere brought on by the presence of Mayweather at the Masonic Temple in Detroit, as well as what he believes will be the impact of Mayweather's historic shift from HBO to Showtime.
Paulie Malignaggi on last weekend's show involving Mayweather:
"I saw Floyd over the weekend, and he is always chill, and he's always cool and enjoys life. He was very pleasant and seemed genuinely happy and excited.
"So it's that kind of a move, and it's that kind of excitement. Everybody was really having fun with that. I think there is a lot more of that in store for the future."
"When it comes to something like this, and you want to watch big-time boxing, then it's clearly visible, based on the last 12-to-14 months, that Showtime is making a big move.
"Also, from a viewer's perspective, I think that a lot of viewers might be changing their subscriptions from HBO to Showtime if they can't afford both."
"I'm close to the end of my boxing career, so I don't get caught up in all of that stuff. I think that if I was younger, then I probably would.
"But I'm just glad to be working with the network and to have the opportunity that it affords me to be able to do that."
On the prospect of fighting on a Mayweather undercard:
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