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Paulie Malignaggi Throws Punches Outside the Ring: The Canelo Controversy

In the vibrant and ever-dramatic world of boxing, where the fight outside the ring often rivals the spectacle within, Paulie Malignaggi has unleashed a flurry of verbal jabs at Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. The heart of the matter? Malignaggi accuses Canelo of ducking formidable opponents in favor of "cherry-pick" matchups, particularly highlighting the avoidance of super-middleweight titans David Benavidez and David Morrell.

Between the Ropes: The Truth Behind Canelo's 'Cherry-Picked' Opponents
Between the Ropes: The Truth Behind Canelo's 'Cherry-Picked' Opponents

As we edge closer to May 4th, the boxing community is abuzz with speculation over Canelo's next opponent. Despite a record that reads like a warrior's hymn (60-2-2, 39 KOs), Malignaggi's critique paints a picture of a fighter playing it safe, his gloves grasping for lighter challenges and his bouts a spectacle of mismatch rather than a testament to skill. Canelo's rebuttal? A legacy of tough fights against names like Dmitry Bivol, Jermell Charlo, and Gennadiy Golovkin, which seems to counter the narrative of an easy path.


Malignaggi's disdain isn't reserved for Canelo alone; it extends to the sanctioning bodies, whom he accuses of complicity in this dance of dodged duels. "What are we doing?" he demands, questioning the integrity of a system that allows Canelo to retain his belts without facing the likes of Benavidez and Morrell. The implication is clear: there's a fracture in the facade of fair play, a crack through which Canelo is slipping unchecked.

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Canelo's Ring Rivals: The Champions He Chooses Not to Fight

Despite the criticism, Canelo's draw remains undeniable. His fights, even against supposedly lesser opponents, have been nothing short of blockbuster events, filled with the kind of bravado and brilliance that only a fighter of his caliber can bring. He's a smaller man in a division of giants, a narrative that in itself brings a David-versus-Goliath allure to his matches. But Malignaggi's parting shot is scathing – if you're buying into the Canelo show under these conditions, then perhaps, he suggests, you're getting the spectacle you deserve.


Where do you stand in this ring of debate? Is Canelo a maestro of the match-up, carefully curating his career towards a legacy unblemished by defeat? Or is Malignaggi's call-out a wake-up punch, urging the boxing world to demand more from its champions? Are the sanctioning bodies guardians of the sport, or gatekeepers for the elite? Lace up your gloves, step into the comments, and let's dissect the drama.

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