Pacquiao a genuine threat to Mayweather, says Malignaggi


Posted at Aug 19 2011 03:35 PM | Updated as of Aug 19 2011 11:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion Paulie Malignaggi sees Manny Pacquiao as a genuine threat against unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.

He said this is because the 8-division Filipino champion has the tools needed to beat the slick fighting style of Mayweather.

“I always felt that somebody with fast hands, that throws punches in bunches and throws them in flurries… he has the ability to leave Floyd there,” Malignaggi, the former IBF junior welterweight champion, told

Malignaggi said Oscar de la Hoya and Zab Judah were nearly successful in using such strategy against Mayweather.

“The problem is, you will very rarely hit him clean. So I think these guys get frustrated and get away from that. But in the meantime what they don’t realize is that they’re probably winning rounds because Floyd is not getting off,” he explained.

Malignaggi, however, said Pacquiao can employ this strategy with lesser effort.

“Manny Pacquiao doesn’t have to change anything about himself. He fights that way naturally.”

Fight fans are expecting Pacquiao and Mayweather to square off sometime in 2012.

The anticipated superfight is seen by many as possibly the most lucrative in recent boxing history.