Broner vs Maidana 'close' according to Golden Boy matchmaker

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Eric Gomez tells The RING that a fight between Adrien Broner and Marcos Maidana is in the negotiation stages, and both fighters are willing to take the bout.

Boxing fans want to see it, and Golden Boy matchmaker Eric Gomez says that both Adrien Broner and Marcos Maidana want to face one another this fall, telling RingTV.com's Alan Massengale that the fight is in the negotiation stages, and could take place in Las Vegas or Los Angeles on November 9.

"It's close. It's close. We're talking to both fighters. They are both willing to fight each other. It's in negotiations right now. Both guys are willing to fight each other and that's the most important thing. It's just a matter of crunching numbers."

This quote begs the question: did Richard Schaefer learn the Jimmy Two-Times way of speaking from Eric Gomez, or has Gomez learned it from Schaefer? From Schaefer?

Broner (27-0, 22 KO) holds the WBA welterweight title and has not yet relinquished the WBC lightweight belt that he won last year and has defended once against Gavin Rees, but it looks as though he'll be staying at 147 pounds for the time being, at least to face Maidana (34-3, 31 KO). It's a style matchup that could bite both guys right in the buttocks, and it's a dangerous fight for Broner, a rising star who is projected to be a pay-per-view attraction in the not to distant future.

Speaking of pay-per-view, this fight could be headed there due to potential budget concerns at Showtime. If it is, expectations for buys will probably be pretty low, but packed into the middle of a really busy PPV season (Mayweather-Canelo on 9/14, Bradley-Marquez on 10/12, Pacquiao-Rios on 11/23), it could really come up very short and be a flop no matter how low the expectations are. Or, on the other hand, it could take a big chunk out of the buttocks of the Bradley-Marquez fight, which is already a marginal pay-per-view attraction.

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