Paul Malignaggi (born November 23, 1980) is an American boxing commentator, fight analyst, and former professional boxer who competed from 2001 to 2017. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the IBF junior welterweight title from 2007 to 2008, and the WBA welterweight title from 2012 to 2013. Malignaggi was particularly known for his fast hand speed, athleticism, and durable chin. Most recently, the retired boxing was the sparring partner for UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor for his fight with Floyd Mayweather this past August.
“19 years ago today – March 6, 1998 – I entered the ring for the first time as an amateur. That makes this as good a time as any for me to officially announce my retirement from competition, my life is in a place 19 years later that I never dreamed it could be in. And I have boxing to thank for that. I gave absolutely everything I had to this sport for almost 2 decades, and I will never lose the many, many incredible memories that were created during that time.” Malignaggi said on social media about his retirement.