Orlando Salido is slated to face Mikey Garcia next, but the date still has to be figured out by Top Rank and TV. (Photo by Amanda Kwok/Showtime)
Top Rank is working on finalizing an attractive double-header that would feature a featherweight title fight between Orlando Salido and Mikey Garcia in the main event, and a WBC junior middleweight eliminator between Vanes Martirosyan and Erislandy Lara.
The November fight schedule is getting positively manly at the moemnt. To recap what we've gone over alreadythis morning.
Nov. 3 (SHO): Richard Abril vs Sharif Bogere
Nov. 10 (SHO): Abner Mares vs Anselmo Moreno, Chris Arreola vs TBA, Alfredo Angulo vs Raul Casarez, TBA - fourth fight
Nov. 17 (HBO): Adrien Broner vs TBA, Seth Mitchell vs Johnathon Banks
That lineup means that this pair of fights -- which would be on HBO -- would probably be set for November 10, going against the Mares-Moreno card, but it could be pushed to November 24 if that works for everyone. Obviously, November 17 won't happen unless they were to go to independent pay-per-view, since Broner is on HBO and Top Rank ain't getting a Showtime date as far as I can tell.
Top Rank has already had a hold on the MGM Grand for November 10, and has said they plan to run that night, which was originally Manny Pacquiao's comeback date. But the new report says that this show could be at a Wynn ballroom, which holds about 3,000, and is frankly far more appropriate for this card than the MGM.
One would hope we'll get no more head-to-head, especially with fights like Salido-Garcia and Mares-Moreno, true diehard shit that already appeals mostly to the core audience. But it could happen. And eventually, it will happen, even if this isn't the case.