Former world champion Paul Malignaggi chided WBC lightweight title holder Devin Haney for saying that the top 135-pound fighters were avoiding him. In particular, Malignaggi recalled the story of the contract that Haney allegedly sent to Vasily Lomachenko.
“I think Haney has the potential to turn into a good fighter. I really think so. He has skills, Devin is a nice charismatic person, he brings in good income. But I don’t know where the rumors came from that Lomachenko did not send back the signed fight contract with Haney.
Now people say that Ryan Garcia is also avoiding Haney. Dude, so far Devin hasn’t even gotten into a fight with the guy who cashes my money in the bank. I don’t run into Haney as he goes through a development path. But when you make it look like you’re being avoided by guys who fought at a much higher level than all the opponents you defeated, you start to sound a little funny and even stupid, “said Paul Malignaggi.