Ring TV's Lem Satterfield is reporting that Al Haymon is in the process of signing another big name to his impressive stable. Marcos Maidana, fresh off his exciting victory over Josesito Lopez and a potential Adrien Broner opponent, is going to be the next high-profile boxer to sign with Hamon according to Maidana's manager Sebastian Contursi. The move comes quickly after Maidana's countryman Lucas Matthysse also signed on with Haymon a few months ago.
Hers is what Contursi had to say, via Ring TV:
"We have reached an agreement, and, hopefully, Maidana will be signing a contract with Al tomorrow (Wednesday). I don't want to reveal any details of the contract. It's not signed, yet, but we will definitely 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 fighter's that he's advising over the last few years, and the way that their careers have gone ahead since they began working with him."
Maidana is also the mandatory challenger to Broner's WBA welterweight title, and Contursi acknowledges that signing with Haymon should help provide an avenue to enable a fight to be made.
"Of course, it's no secret that Maidana wants Adrien Broner, 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.
"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."
It's looking more and more like the frequently-discussed potential bout between Maidana and Broner could soon be an actual fight. Maidana's manager seems to think signing with Haymon has brought them one step closer to making it a reality and, according to Haymon, Broner wants it too. The way the fight has been discussed and built-up, I can't imagine Broner fighting anyone else at the moment.
There once was a time when Haymon fighters never fought each other, but after the split with HBO, it's practically been forced to happen. And, hallelujah, I'm glad it has.