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Paulie Malignaggi has never had much punching power, or even much speed. The “Magic Man” became a welterweight world champion through guile and craftsmanship. He learned to understand the “sweet science” like few fighters have because he had no choice. And so it should be no surprise that the Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, native has emerged as the most insightful television boxing analyst working today. He has a keen ability to get inside a fighter’s head and articulate — in real time — the violent chess match that is boxing. He presents the knowledge with the straight-shooting, tell-it-how-it-is authority that New York City breeds. At a time when broadcast personalities seem to blend into sanitized, bland carbon copies of each other, Malignaggi proudly presents to a national audience a voice that can only be described as classic Brooklyn. The result is a pleasant blend of tough and sophisticated. Malignaggi doesn’t simply repeat in words what we are seeing in the ring; he takes us into the why and how, explaining the constant stream of cause-and-effect that constitutes a boxing match. And all the while, Paulie makes it all feel so simple and familiar, as if you’re sitting on the stoop listening to your boy from the down the block describe the scuffle he just saw at the playground.

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