Juan Diaz vs. Paulie Malignaggi Results: Malignaggi Wins Easy Unanimous Decision
The rematch between Juan Diaz and Paulie Malignaggi is airing tonight on HBO. The card begins at 10:15 pm, so you can expect these two to battle it out sometime around 11 pm eastern or maybe 11:30. After the Diaz vs. Malignaggi fight is over with, you can come right here to see the results for the big fight. Was Malignaggi able to overcome the judging mistakes of the last bout? Will Diaz be better equipped to deal with the speed and movement of Malignaggi?
The Juan Diaz vs. Paulie Malignaggi Rematch was similar to the first in many ways. Paulie Malignaggi controlled the distance and the action for much of the fight, while getting off first almost every single time. Juan Diaz had his moments when he bulled forward, backed Malignaggi into the ropes and went to town.
However, on this night, Malignaggi’s moments were far more common than Diaz’s and while we had to go to the scorecards, there wasn’t much question about who would be the victor. At the end of the night, Malignaggi beat Diaz via unanimous decision to the tune of 116-111 on all three scorecards.
That’s not to say that the fight wasn’t close, or that the fight wasn’t without controversy. Paulie got credited with a knockdown that on replay appeared to be more of a push. Additionally Diaz’s glove may not have even touched the canvas. Earlier in the night, Malignaggi had Diaz hurt but instead of following up on that, he decided to clown around and dance about making faces. Diaz was also the man who closed the show, applying heavy pressure and forcing Malignaggi to stand and trade as the final seconds counted down.
At this point, it’s unsure of what we may see next from these fighters. It certainly seems that Diaz is too small for 140 lbs, and that his future should be at 135 lbs. For Malignaggi, there are fights to be made with other junior welterweights that are left out of the big Floyd Mayweather / Manny Pacquiao / Juan Manuel Marquez picture. A fellow victor from this evening, Timothy Bradley, for example.
Of course, the Juan Diaz vs. Paulie Malignaggi fight could always be replayed yet again for a third time, to finish off the series. Each man got the official decision once, however both fights were close and both ahd their fair share of controversy.
Considering the fact that the big names tie up the division, and the other names are left to pick up the scraps, this is a fight that we can see again within the next 6 months. Of course, judging by the ease with which Paulie dictated this fight when he wanted to, Diaz’s camp may not want to pursue that option.
Check back in with ProBoxing-fans.com tonight, and we’ll give you a full recap for all of the great fights of the evening. You’ll find Bradley vs. Peterson results, the undercard results from both cards and right here you’ll find the Diaz vs. Malignaggi results.