Paulie Malignaggi will not make it past the sixth round of his Saturday night clash at Barclays Center with Adrien Broner.
At least that's what Broner's trainer Mike Stafford said at a press appearance at Gleason's Gym on Tuesday.
"Adrien will show how strong he is, he has too much speed and power for Malignaggi," said the Ohio-based tutor, while his charge, who has called himself "Mr. HBO" but will be appearing on the Showtime network this weekend, chatted with media steps away.
"Adrien has one of the best IQs in sports, period," he continued. "His IQ is special. He doesn't waste punches, he dissects his opponent."
For folks saying that Malignaggi, the WBA welter champ, is too seasoned for Broner, Stafford responds, "He's been sparring guys like Devon Alexander and Lamont Peterson since he was 17."
Stafford wouldn't even concede that Malignaggi, a pro since 2001 who also held a title at 140 pounds, is the toughest test for Broner since the Cincy phenom turned pro in 2008. "The toughest fight for Adrien Broner is Adrien Broner," he said.