When the Magic Man takes the mic on Tuesday night he will deliver once again.
Paulie Malignaggi won world titles at two different weights and met the very best of his generation during his boxing career.
One night in 2006 at a sold-out Madison Square Garden in The Big Apple he went 12 savage rounds with Miguel Cotto.
Cotto was on a bloody and brutal run of six knockouts in six consecutive world title fights. Cotto was unbeaten in 26 and the Garden was his home.
Cotto had destroyed Kelson Pinto, Randall Bailey, DeMarcus Corley, Muhammad Abdullaev, Ricardo Torres and Gianluca Branco – the six men had a combined record of just nine losses in 168 fights before Cotto ruined them.
But, Paulie was also unbeaten and a local New Yorker – the fight was hard from the first bell. Paulie never quit, Paulie pushed the great Puerto Rican to 12th and last bell in a war. Cotto kept his world title on points – Malignaggi won the hearts and minds.
Malignaggi then won the IBF light-welter and WBA welterweight world titles later in his 44-fight career.
However, it was the night and fight against Cotto that showed what Paulie is all about. It’s always been a privilege to work next to him.
Malignaggi will be working as part of the commentary team on Tuesday night when Boxxer returns live on BT sport and ITV 4.