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Written by Joseph G. Lariosa   
Sunday, 27 December 2009 21:03



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Paul Malignaggi’s Trainer Urges Manny Pacquiao to Take Blood Test


C HICAGO, Illinois (JGLi) – One-time world boxing champion Paul “The Magic” Malignaggi’s trainer Sherif Younan has high respect for Filipino boxing legend Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Mr. Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach. But Mr. Younan is suggesting that there is nothing wrong with Mr. Pacquiao taking a blood test as suggested by Floyd Mayweather, Jr.


Although he is not sure if his ward will face Pacman, Mr. Younan said, “I like Manny. He is a hard worker, an exciting champion. I can’t determine that Manny is into (performance-enhancing drugs). (But) I don’t think a great champion (like Manny) will put (himself) in that position.


“Although, it happens in lots of sports, even in Olympics, I believe, to me, it will be a very foolish (idea to get involved in performance-enhancing drugs because) that will tarnish his legacy.


“I look at (Manny) more as a textbook champion. I like him as a person. He has lots of styles.”


Mr. Younan has trained such other junior-middleweight contenders Raul Frank and Ian “The Cobra” Gardner and female champion Ann Marie Saccurato, who won the WBC world title under his tutelage. He  told this reporter over phone and e-mail exchanges that if he were Freddie Roach, he would encourage Manny to take performance-enhancing drug blood test as close to the fight day as possible. “What’s the point? And it will just clear everybody’s mind at ease. Freddie is a respected trainer.”


Younan, who turns 43 on Feb. 22, took over the training of Mr. Malignaggi after Malignaggi’s loss to British champion Ricky Hatton last Nov. 22, 2008. He had known Paulie since Paulie was “a top-ranked amateur boxer in the country.”


Younan said he met Freddie Roach while he was working a fight in New York. “Freddie is a very nice guy. We like each other. He is a respectful trainer and he would not tell Manny to take drugs. Hopefully, if we meet, we will meet as total professionals in opposite sides of the ring and may the best man win.”


Malignaggi Can Shock the World If He Fights Pacquiao or Mayweather


He said if his ward, Paulie, meets Manny, “Paulie will the sharpest he has ever been and my kid will shock the world, like he did when he schooled three-time lightweight champion Juan Diaz.”


Malignaggi was one of those being mentioned by Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum to be replacement of Mayweather in the March 13 fight after Pacquiao refused to have a blood test as close as two days before the fight.


When reached for comment, Malignaggi (27-3, 5 KO’s) told this reporter on the night before Christmas that he is willing to submit “ten times” to a blood test on the eve of the fight if it will be his chance to fight Pacquiao (50-3, 38 KO’s).


It was reported, however, on Sunday that the camp of Mayweather appeared to have softened up its stand on the disputed dope-testing item in the planned March 13 showdown with Manny Pacquiao.


Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, who’s representing Mayweather in the negotiations said the Floyd group is agreeable to the Pacquiao camp’s demands of not using the US Anti-Doping Agency for the Olympic-style drug tests and of setting a cut-off time in conducting blood tests prior to the fight.


Malignaggi, who sounded excited when reached by the reporter for comment on the possibility of him facing Pacquiao, said “I won’t mind if Manny refuses to submit to a blood test the day before the fight. If Manny wants to submit to a blood test a month before the fight, it’s not a problem with me.


“I am even willing to submit to blood test ten times a day before the fight if I am going to face Manny or Mayweather.”


The Brooklyn, New York, native said it does not matter to him if the agreed weight were for junior welterweight or welterweight. ( # # #


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Last Updated on Sunday, 27 December 2009 21:07

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