Adrien Broner’s next scheduled opponent, Paul Malignaggi, says the 23-year-old lightweight titleholder’s recent arrest and subsequent actions and statements are indicative of the undefeated boxer’s immaturity.
Malignaggi (32-4, 7 knokcouts), who is supposed to defend his WBA welterweight title against Broner on June 22, says he had runs ins with the law when he was the Cincinnati, Ohio native’s age but never boasted about his troubles as he feels Broner did by Tweeting a picture of the arrest report and mug shot.
Broner was arrested at 10:13 a.m. on Monday and charged with battery before being released the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, according to the arrest report he posted on his Instagram account before deleting it.
“He’s 23 years old and he thinks that being the bad a__ is the cool thing to do,” Malignaggi told RingTV.com. “I got arrested at 22 years old. I hit a cop. I didn’t have no fake-a__ed battery charge. You can check my record. I got arrested for assaulting an officer but I didn’t go and broadcast it.
“So if you want to be a gangster, go all out, and then mind your business and don’t put it out there. Let people find out. That’s a real thug if you want to be a thug. If not, just be a boxer, because that’s what we are. We’re boxers. I don’t know what this Intstagram stuff means.
“We’re out there making money and that’s what we get paid to do. We don’t get paid to get arrested and then to broadcast it. Believe me, I got arrested and I didn’t put it out there. I’m not trying to get arrested and be known for that, I’m trying to be known for getting into the ring and beating Adrien Broner’s a__. So that Instagram gangster s__t is not working. He’s trying to come at me with this ‘Pauletta’ s__t, but he’s losing the trash-talk war.
“He said the fight is going to end up on HBO but now it’s on Showtime, like he was Mr. HBO. So far, everything he’s trying to say and do has gone backward. He’s losing it. He might as well keep his mouth shut. He’s not going to beat me. He’s not clever enough.”