Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero and Marcos "El Chino" Maidana are close to finalizing an HBO main event on August 27, according to ESPN.com's Dan Rafael.
"I have a very good feeling, but it's not done yet," Schaefer said. "I don't have it signed yet, but if I can get it done it is absolutely as good of a fight as you can make. It's good to be a boxing fan.
"It's a big opportunity for Robert and another big fight for Maidana. A win here can really establish Robert in the 140-pound division. He's a big guy and can definitely move up to 147 as well. A win over Maidana makes him a factor in that 140-pound division, which we all know is one of the best in boxing. The winner could potentially fight the winner of Amir Khan and Zab Judah."
Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KO) and Maidana (30-2, 27 KO) are both coming off of wins on the same April 9 card, which they effectively co-headlined for Golden Boy and HBO's "Action Heroes" pay-per-view. Guerrero largely dominated Michael Katsidis in a bout between lightweight contenders, while Maidana outpointed Erik Morales in a great 140-pound main event.
Maidana and Guerrero are both looking for the biggest fights they can get, and at the time, it does seem to just make sense for them to fight one another. The Khan vs Judah winner, as Schaefer mentions, would make sense for the winner of this fight, and that could happen late in 2011 or early in 2012, depending on other factors. But first things first, let's hope this one gets made. Good fight for both guys, and a deserved main event position for them, too.