Immediately after Adrien Broner outpointed Paulie Malignaggi to win a welterweight belt on June 22, Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer came to ringside at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and among the first questions he was asked was whom he wanted to match Broner with next.
Schaefer didn't miss a beat, throwing out the name Marcos Maidana right away. That's quite a fight. But Schaefer was serious, and Maidana, as it happens, is Broner's mandatory challenger.
Many have doubted that Broner would accept such a dangerous fight. He also holds a lightweight belt and could go back down in weight, although the landscape for a big fight is desolate at 135 pounds, not to mention that it's hard to imagine Broner dropping that much weight at this point. He could also move down to junior welterweight rather than tangle with the huge-punching slugger from Argentina, but most of the top fighters at 140 have fights already scheduled.
That's why it looks as though Broner-Maidana is on its way to being made. In addition to there being the requisite trash talk from the fighters to each other on Twitter, Schaefer told ESPN.com that he is working on getting the fight done. Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs), a former junior welterweight titlist, has been asking for the fight, and now Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) is also saying he wants it.
"I'm continuing to work on it," Schaefer said. "I'm looking at November for that fight, so I have a little time on that. Broner is interested in the fight and Maidana is interested in the fight, so I need to see if I can pull it together."
Adding fuel to the fire is that Schaefer also said he is planning a "major" Showtime PPV card from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Nov. 9. Although he wouldn't name Broner-Maidana as the main event he is targeting for that show, it seems obvious that he is.
"As I said after the Broner fight, I said as a fan, I would love to see Broner and Maidana," Schaefer said. "I have no clue what will happen in that fight."
As for the pay-per-view, Schaefer said, "It will be a big event. That's all I am willing to say at this point. But I'm going to use our Oct. 26 Showtime card [with Bernard Hopkins-Karo Murat] and our Nov. 2 Showtime card [a proposed Keith Thurman-Robert Guerrero fight] to lead up to a big pay-per-view card. I don't want to talk about it yet, but I do have the date for the pay-per-view on hold and the MGM on hold. I'm working on a card which will be a dream card. I'm a 100 percent sure it will be a huge card for Nov. 9 on Showtime pay-per-view."
One thing that will undoubtedly grease the wheels to getting Broner-Maidana done is Maidana's imminent signing with powerful adviser Al Haymon, who also represents Broner. Sebastian Contursi, Maidana's manager, told ESPN.com that Golden Boy and Haymon want to make the fight before the end of the year.
"We are working an agreement with Al in order for him to advise Marcos Maidana, which we think would be a great move towards getting the best fights for Marcos, especially Broner," Contursi said.