WATCH: Malignaggi faces retirement after TKO loss to Garcia
MANILA, Philippines - The professional boxing career of Paulie Malignaggi may be over after suffering a ninth round technical knockout loss to Danny Garcia at Barclays Center in Malignaggi's hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y. on Sunday, August 2 (Saturday night US time).
There were no knockdowns, but Malignaggi's lack of sufficient firepower to keep the power-punching junior welterweight champion off of him prompted referee Arthur Mercante Jr to halt the fight at the 2:22 mark.
The former junior welterweight and welterweight titleholder Malignaggi (33-7, 7 KOs) has now lost 4 times by stoppage, following inside-the-distance losses to Ricky Hatton, Amir Khan and Shawn Porter.
The victory was the coming out party for Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs) at welterweight following an uneven reign as junior welterweight champion.
When asked if he would continue his career after this most recent loss, Malignaggi responded "probably not." Malignaggi has been more visible out of the ring in recent years, having manned the microphone as a commentator for the Premier Boxing Champions series, which organized this fight.
"Still got a lot of years left in me on the mic, & am blessed that I'll still be able to be part of this sport for a long time," Malignaggi tweeted afterwards.
Malignaggi had previously run afoul of Filipino boxing fans due to his inflammatory remarks about Manny Pacquiao, whom he has accused of taking performance enhancing drugs in the past and having exaggerated the shoulder injury he aggravated in his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr on May 2.
"Does his weight gain look normal to you? And his head looks like it has blown up in size, too," Malignaggi said to The Sweet Science in 2009. – Rappler.com