Even though it's another big fight, Marcos Maidana's team was hoping for something even bigger. Specifically, they were hoping to land the May 3 date with Floyd Mayweather, which now surely looks to be going to Amir Khan.
Maidana's manager Sebastian Contursi told BoxingScene.com's Luis Sandoval that they're disappointed with the news that Adrien Broner has exercised his immediate rematch option:
"Richard just contacted me one hour ago and informed me about it. Yet I cannot deny that we are disappointed since we thought that Marcos had earned his right to face Mayweather. We are open for discussions about any significant fights. If a Broner rematch is one of those options, Team Maidana will listen to what Golden Boy Promotions and Al Haymon have to offer," Contursi communicated via email.
In reality, there's not much "listening" to do here -- they're either taking the Broner rematch or giving up the WBA title. But Maidana should get a favorable deal with better options than he had the first time. If possible, you'd think they would try to get their own rematch clause this time, so that if Broner wins (or "wins," as this is boxing), they also have the option for an immediate money rematch to force a potential trilogy.
Broner (27-1, 22 KO) has dealt with his first pro loss with grace, saying Maidana was simply the better man, and that he wanted the rematch. His exercising the clause proves he wasn't just talking big. Maidana (35-3, 31 KO) was always a darkhorse for the Mayweather fight, as Khan has been expected to be the opponent for months now.