On Wednesday, welterweight contender Marcos Maidana, is expected to become high-powered boxing manager/advisor Al Haymon’s newest client, Maidana’s manager, Sebastian Contursi, informed RingTV.com on Tuesday.
Maidana’s move follows his countryman Lucas Matthysse’s recent joining of boxing’s most elite managerial stable.
Two weeks prior to his sensational third-round stoppage of IBF junior welterweight titleholder Lamont Peterson in a non-title fight on May 18, Matthysse, THE RING’s No. 1-rated 140-pounder, signed with Haymon.
Last month, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer announced that Matthysse would 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.
Contursi is hopeful that his client will be a part of such high-profile events in the near future.
“We have reached an agreement, and, hopefully, Maidana will be signing a contract with Al tomorrow,” Contursi told RingTV.com. “I don’t want to reveal any details of the contract. It’s not signed, yet, but we will definitely sign tomorrow. We’ve discussed that on the phone with Maidana already, and I talked to him a few times. He’s coming to Buenos Aires tomorrow, and I will meet with him personally, but it is agreed. We have verbally agreed that he will sign tomorrow.
“I think that it’s no secret that Al Haymon has become probably the most influential guy in the business, and you only have to take a look at the great fighters that he’s advising over the last few years, and the way that their careers have gone ahead since they began working with him. So, we always take a look. A close look at Al’s work, and, coincidentally, Al told me that he was taking a close look at Maidana’s job in the last few years and the last few months.”
Maidana (33-3, 30 knockouts) is the mandatory challenger to newly-crowned WBA 147-pound beltholder Adrien Broner (27-0, 22 KOs), another Haymon fighter who is coming off June’s unanimous decision that dethroned Paulie Malignaggi.
Contursi said that he was ringside for Broner-Malignaggi, after which he spoke to Haymon and Schaefer about a potential bout with Broner.
“Of course it’s no secret that Maidana wants Adrien Boner, so I think that Al will probably be able to get Maidana that fight. That’s what we like about this. In our last conversation, which was last Friday, on the phone of course, Al said that Broner wanted the fight,” said Contursi.
“Al Haymon said that he found that the Broner-Maidana fight was very interesting, too. So I think that all of the parties now agree that this is a very attractive fight, however, we didn’t go any further than that. Once we have the contract done, I think that we can start talking about the Broner fight itself.”
Maidana scored his third-straight stoppage victory with a sixth-round knockout against Josesito Lopez in June, having last suffered defeat in his 147-pound debut to Devon Alexander, the current IBF beltholder, in February of last year.
Considered by many to be the most powerful and influential man in boxing, Haymon already has among his impressive list of clients Alexander, Broner, Garcia, Mayweather, Andre Berto, Peter Quillin, Gary Russell Jr., Erislandy Lara, Austin Trout, Seth Mitchell, Chris Arreola and Fernando Guerrero, among others.
“Of course, Al Haymon is an influential guy with boxers such as Floyd Mayweather, Andrien Broner, Lucas Matthysse, and Devon Alexander,” said Contursi. “Those are all guys that could potentially fight with Maidana in the welterweight division. So, I think that by signing with Al, that will get us closer to one of those fights.”
Other recent signings for Haymon were heavyweight Deontay Wilder (29-0, 29 KOs), who scored last Friday’s first-round knockout over ex-beltholder Sergei Liakhovich, and super middleweight Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs), who is coming off last month’s first-round knockout of Denis Grachev.
Next up could be Broner, although Contursi re-iterated that formal negotiations for that bout have yet to begin.
“Official negotiations for a Broner fight have not started yet, so we didn’t discuss the purse or all of the other details or anything that comes with that. But since our first meeting, which was in person after the Malignaggi-Broner fight, we made it clear that we wanted Broner, because Maidana wants to be a world champion,” said Contursi.
“Before the Malignaggi-Broner fight, Maidana was insisting that he wanted to fight for the world title, whether or not it was Broner. It could have been Malignaggi or any other guy who had the world title. But since Bronere won, we understand that this is a very interesting and attractive and lucrative fight. So we made it clear to Al that we wanted that fight.”
Although Schaefer has referenced plans for a Nov. 9 pay per view event, he has stopped short of saying that would involve Broner and Maidana.
Contursi, nevetheless, hinted that it just might.
“We were going through details of the advisory contract between Maidana and Al, and after we finished talking about that, I asked Al about all of these rumors which had the fight taking place on Nov. 9,” said Contursi.
“And Al’s answer was a very good one. He said, ‘Isn’t that what you asked for?’ And I said, ‘Yes, that’s exactly what we want.’ I assume that we are on the right path to finish this. I guess that we will start negotiating the fight in the next few days.”
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