Paulie Malignaggi, former junior welterweight and welterweight champion, will not make the trek to Los Angeles this week to cover Saturday's Showtime card headlined by Keith Thurman. Instead, Daniel Jacobs, who filled in for Malignaggi last Saturday in his knockout loss to Shawn Porter, will cover duties for him again this week. Showtime made the official announcement yesterday, April 24, according to an ESPN report.
Malignaggi, who was badly beaten by the younger and more aggressive Porter, suffered a concussion, and wants to "fully recover before doing virtually any activity," he said in a statement. Although Malignaggi has yet to publicly announce any future plans about his career after being stopped last Saturday, he did make one thing clear, "make no mistake: I will not miss next week's (Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana Showtime PPV) event in Las Vegas. I have been looking forward to that fight card for some time. I'll be ready."
Before calling that fight, Malignaggi will receive the Boxing Writers Association of America's "Sam Taub Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism" at their annual dinner on May 1 according to RingTV. The undercard of The Moment, the fight's billing, features two former Malignaggi opponents, Amir Khan and Adrien Broner.
Jacobs, a Brooklyn native like Malignaggi, seemed to fit in very well during last week's telecast from the nation's capital that featured the oldest man to ever unify titles at any weight class, Bernard Hopkins. Jacobs even received a post fight shout out from Hopkins after the fight, as did other young Golden Boy fighters, including fellow Philadelphian Danny Garcia.
"I had a great time filling in for Paulie last week," Jacobs said. "It was a tremendous honor to be part of that event and to show the fans a different side of myself. I received terrific feedback, not only from Showtime, but from the fans, my friends and family. Obviously, Paulie's welfare is my main concern but I know he will be back behind the mic soon. In the meantime, I look forward to doing another great job at ringside."