Former world champion Paulie Malignaggi /wikimedia.org and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao
Former world champion Paulie Malignaggi on Tuesday criticized Manny Pacquiao on Twitter, saying he does not fully give the Filipino boxer credit for his achievements at the peak of his career.
"I don't give credit to guys who hide and duck from random drug testing while accomplishing things that seem pretty amazing," Malignaggi wrote to start his Twitter rant. [https://twitter.com/PaulMalignaggi]
"Paq (Pacquiao) should have been the first to volunteer for those random tests when he was destroying people while constantly jumping weight classes,” he added.
Pacquiao is the only fighter in history to win titles in eight different weight divisions, but has not undergone random drug testing until fairly recently, starting with his November 2013 bout against Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios.
"Instead, he (Pacquiao) ducked and dodged them," Malignaggi said. "So no, until I see a destructive Pacquiao performance for a fight in which he submitted to random drug testing, I will not give that credit."
Malignaggi believes that Pacquiao – given his stature in the sport – should have been at the forefront of the fight to clean up boxing.
"The sport needs to be take(n) in the right direction and a guy with his popularity should have been the first one to set the example and volunteer for it. Instead, he dodged it during a time when he shouldn't," he tweeted.
Malignaggi also pointed out that Pacquiao's decision to "dodge" random drug testing can lead others – not just him – to question the Filipino's achievements, saying: "Which leads anyone to wonder if that was the whole reason for his sky-rocketing to fame in the first place."
Malignaggi later added that he wanted to explain some things to fans who accused him of being a “hater.”
"I'm very happy for anyone's success if I feel it is achieved honestly and deservedly. However, I cannot say I feel the same way if I don't feel the success was reached in an honest manner," he said.
This is not the first time that Malignaggi has criticized Pacquiao.
In a RingTV interview in April, Malignaggi said he does not rate Pacquiao as a very good fighter. "I don't rate him as a very intelligent fighter, actually," he added.