An undefeated American champion is planning to make good use of his experience of sparring with Manny Pacquiao as he prepares to defend his IBF welterweight title for the first time.
Shawn Porter, 26, was Pacquiao’s primary sparring partner when he fought Miguel Cotto in 2009, but has since made a name for himself as he won the IBF belt last year by beating Devon Alexander.
He will be making the first defense of his belt against veteran campaigner Paulie Malignaggi on April 19, and believes his experience of being inside the ring with Pacquiao will come in handy.
“Sparring with Manny Pacquiao, I mean, there’s no better blueprint than that,” Porter said in an interview with Fight Hype.
“The guy’s got the quickest hands and feet in the business, so I have all the experience in what it takes to beat Paulie, and it’s just a matter of getting in there on April 19 and doing it,” he added.
Porter, who has a record of 23 wins with no loss and one draw, said his mindset is to make Malignaggi “uncomfortable” inside the ring no matter how long the bout lasts.
“I’ve always been taught to be hungry, be aggressive, and not to allow someone to get comfortable in the ring, and that’s going to always be my mentality against whoever it is I’m going to be fighting,” he said.
“Same goes with Paulie. I know he’s fast, and he has good feet and he knows how to move around the ring, so my plan is to cut him off and be really aggressive, and get to his body and make it uncomfortable for him for 12 rounds or less,” he added.
Malignaggi, however, is not impressed with either Porter or Pacquiao.
“Shawn Porter showed that he was a force to be reckoned with when he beat Devon Alexander. All of that other bulls*** about sparring with Manny Pacquiao and all of that, I don’t rate Manny Pacquiao as a very good fighter,” Malignaggi told RingTV.