Paulie Malignaggi: Pacquiao should have been first to volunteer for random drug testing

By Scott Christ

Tonight on Twitter, Paulie Malignaggi blasted Manny Pacquiao for not taking random drug tests during his destructive run, and said he doesn’t give him credit for some of his biggest wins.

Paulie Malignaggi, the former junior welterweight and welterweight titlist, often outspoken critic of the boxing business, and current Showtime commentator, took to Twitter tonight to discuss random drug testing, cheating in boxing that he (and many others) feels has gone ignored, and said that he doesn’t give Manny Pacquiao credit for some of his biggest wins, thanks to Pacquiao not taking random drug tests during his “destructive” peak a few years back.

I don’t give credit to guys who hide and duck from random drug testing while accomplishing things that seem pretty amazing.

— Paul Malignaggi #SMK (@PaulMalignaggi) July 1, 2014

Paq should have been the first to volunteer for those random tests when he was destroying people while constantly jumping weight classes.

— Paul Malignaggi #SMK (@PaulMalignaggi) July 1, 2014

Instead he ducked and dodged them so no, until I see a destructive Paq performance for

— Paul Malignaggi #SMK (@PaulMalignaggi) July 1, 2014

a fight in which he submitted to random testing I will not give that credit.

— Paul Malignaggi #SMK (@PaulMalignaggi) July 1, 2014

This sport needs to be take in the right direction and a guy with

— Paul Malignaggi #SMK (@PaulMalignaggi) July 1, 2014

his popularity should have been the first one to set the example and volunteer for it.

— Paul Malignaggi #SMK (@PaulMalignaggi) July 1, 2014

So don’t ask me stupid questions or make stupid comments when I’m a fighter that can look in the mirror and know I did this shit clean.

— Paul Malignaggi #SMK (@PaulMalignaggi) July 1, 2014

In an era where its become a problem because people wanna be fan boys instead of opening their fucking eyes to the problem.

— Paul Malignaggi #SMK (@PaulMalignaggi) July 1, 2014

I’ll say right now, right quick: Malignaggi is generally on the right track when he has criticisms of boxing again. But this time? Let me tell you: He’s on the right track again. Bam! Swerve.

That said, Malignaggi has to my knowledge not taken any random blood tests during his professional career, either, but of course if we’re just going by eye test, Paulie would certainly not fall under the banner of suspicion.

What do you think of Malignaggi’s comments?

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Q&A: Billy Dib to debut at 130 this Friday

By Brian Harty

Billy Dib (L) battles Evgeny Gradovich in their November 2013 rematch. Photo by Nicky Loh/Getty Images.

Billy Dib (L) battles Evgeny Gradovich in their November 2013 rematch. Photo by Nicky Loh/Getty Images.

Billy Dib didn’t enjoy the best of years in 2013. As it began he held the IBF featherweight title, but the 28-year old Australian lost it on points to Evgeny Gradovich in March. Dib then struggled during a majority decision win over fringe contender Mike Oliver before getting stopped in nine rounds in a rematch with Gradovich.

On Wednesday, Dib will return from a seven-month break when he meets seasoned veteran Alberto Garza on a special edition of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.”

“I don’t like to make excuses,” Dib told from his training camp in Los Angeles. “I believe you learn more from your losses than your wins.”

One thing he learned following the second loss to Gradovich (36-3, 21 knockouts) is that he wanted a new direction. He thus decided to make the move up to junior lightweight.

Anson Wainwright – What are your thoughts on facing Alberto Garza?

Billy DibI am really excited and grateful to be given an opportunity to fight a tough opponent on national TV in America. ESPN have been very kind to me and I will repay them with a great performance.

AWIt marks your return to action – you’ve been out of the ring for seven months following the loss to Evgeny Gradovich for the IBF featherweight title.

BDIt’s the first time in my career that I have spent time away from boxing in general, which has given me valuable time to be around my family. Watching my nephews and nieces grow and develop has been great. It’s given my body and mind a really good rest also.

AWYou’re now campaigning at junior lightweight?

BDI have been campaigning at featherweight for the past 10 years. I worked hard to win and defend my title in this division and now felt it was time to set myself some new goals.

AWWhile you’re not looking past Garza, what is your plan at 130 pounds?

BDI have never overlooked any of my opponents and Garza will be no different. The plan is to win a title at junior lightweight but my focus right now is on Garza.

AWIf we go back to 2013, it wasn’t a good year for you, you lost your title to Gradovich, you then had a bit of a struggle with Mike Oliver and then you were stopped for the first time in your career in a rematch with Gradovich. From your point of view what happened?

BDI don’t like to make excuses and I believe you learn more from your losses than your wins. As a team we have made many changes. We have come out to America much earlier for this fight, which has helped with getting world-class sparring and getting acclimatized. We have made some mistakes along the way but have addressed them and, God willing, you will see the results come the July 2nd.

AWWhat have you done in the seven months since your last fight?

BDIn the last seven months I have been working on strength and conditioning and working with my boxing coach on different things in the gym.

AWYou’re promoted by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s company, SMS Promotions. What is it like working with a big name like him and how does that help you and your career?

BDIt’s been a great experience and 50 Cent is a great guy. He is surrounded by a good team that works hard. It’s great because I have picked up not only extra boxing fans but music fans also. The crossover of fans is a real bonus.

AWTell us about your life away from boxing?

BDI enjoy wakeboarding in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. I also love training with and watching the mighty St. George Dragons, who are a rugby league team back home.

AWWhat goals do you still have in boxing?

BDMy goals are to win world titles in numerous weight divisions and encourage kids around the world to chase your dreams.

AWIn closing, do you have a message for the junior lightweight division?

BDNo, I don’t have a message. I want to earn in the division and make a statement with my performance.

The ESPN show will be headlined by Mark Davis vs. Michael Farenas in an IBF junior featherweight title eliminator. The SMS promoted card will also feature several prospects, including the highly touted Ryan Martin.

Questions and/or comments can be sent to Anson at and you can follow him at

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