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Q&A: Maidana signs with Haymon, wants Broner
Marcos Maidana has signed with advisor Al Haymon, who also manages the Argentine puncher's next potential foe, WBA welterweight titleholder Adrien Broner. Maidana says he can knock Broner out.
Welterweight contender Marcos Maidana spoke to RingTV.com about 90 minutes before signing a contract with high-powered boxing manager/advisor Al Haymon on Wednesday at the home of his manager, Sebastian Contursi, who translated the interview from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Maidana (33-3, 30 knockouts) has aligned with Haymon, who is considered by many to be the most powerful and influential man in boxing, with the goal of gaining a November bout with newly-crowned WBA 147-pound beltholder Adrien "The Problem" Broner (27-0, 22 KOs), for whom he is the mandatory challenger.
Maidana's move follows that of countryman Lucas Matthysse, whom Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer will be in the most lucrative fight of his career against unbeaten RING junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia for his WBA and WBC belts on the undercard of the Sept. 14, Showtime Pay Per View-televised clash between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Since falling to IBF beltholder to Devon Alexander in his 147-pound debut to February of last year, Maidana has come up with three consecutive stoppages, including those over Jesus Soto Karass and Josesito Lopez in September and June in the eighth and sixth-rounds, respectively.
Soto Karass rebounded with victories over Selcuk Aydin and Andre Berto by unanimous decision and 12th-round stoppage in January and last month, respectively, lending credence to Maidana's assertion that he has adapted to the welterweight division.
Maidana admits to having had trouble with skillful boxer-punchers in the past, including Alexander, Amir Khan and Andriy Kotelnik who have beaten him, as well as ex-beltholders Erik Morales and DeMarcus Corley, who troubled him before losing decisions.
But during this Q&A, below, Maidana says that his past experiences in those fights will help him against Broner.
RingTV.com: Why do you want to sign with Haymon?
I think that it's an intriguing agreement, and an interesting agreement, and I'm sure that the big fights are coming because of working with Al.
RingTV.com: How much of an influence was your countryman, Matthysse's signing with Haymon and, after that, landing the big fight with Garcia?
RingTV.com: Why will the result against Broner be any different than that with Alexander?
MM: To be honest with you, this is something that I never spoke about before, because I didn't want to make any excuses, and I didn't want to take anything away from Devon Alexander.
RingTV.com: Do you think that Broner has faced anyone who hits as hard as you do?
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