Paulie Malignaggi weighed in on who he thinks he is on the 140-pound Mount Rushmore.
The welterweight division is considered one of the “glamorous divisions” in boxing history. The 140lb weight class has seen many stars and all-time greats compete there over the years. Malignaggi decided to give his opinion on who the four greatest in welterweight history are on his YouTube channel.
Initially, Malignaggi included Sugar Ray Robinson. He is often regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, he was champion several times and retired with a record of 174-19-6.
Next up was Sugar Ray Leonard. One of the “Four Kings”, he is a former undisputed welterweight champion. He retired in 1997 with a professional record of 36-3-1.
Malignaggi then decided to give some shine to one of the biggest stars in boxing history, Floyd Mayweather Jr. ‘Money’ was also a former unified welterweight champion, and retired with a perfect 50-0 record in professional completion in 2017.
Finally, in classic Malignaggi fashion, he placed himself. ‘Magic Man’ is a former WBA welterweight champion and retired in 2017 with a professional record of 36-8.
Watch Paulie Malignaggi’s video on welterweight boxing’s Mount Rushmore below:
Paulie Malignaggi recently called out Jake Paul
Since retiring from active competition in 2017, Paulie Malignaggi has remained relevant in various ways. Working on Showtime commentary, having a YouTube channel and other means helped “Magic Man” stay in the boxing world.
However, he also backed down in the ring on several occasions. He didn’t retire in 2019 to fight bare-knuckle boxing against Conor McGregor’s teammate Artem Lobov. He lost the fight via unanimous decision at BKFC 6.
He recently returned to the winning column in October 2021 against social media influencer Corey Bonalewicz in an exhibition fight. He won the contest by unanimous decision after dominating the contest in three rounds.
It looks like Malignaggi isn’t cut out inside the ring. He recently called out YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul on Twitter. “The Problem Child” has notably declared that he wants to face an accomplished boxer in his next fight, and the former champion fits the bill.
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For now, it remains to be seen if Paulie Malignaggi will face Jake Paul next. However, this is very unlikely. ‘The Problem Child’ is reportedly in talks with former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for a showdown later in 2022.