Add one more guy to the list of fighters who undoubtedly will say at his next news conference or after his next victory, “I’d like to thank Al Haymon.”
Former welterweight titlist Luis Collazo became the latest fighter to sign with Haymon, the most powerful adviser in boxing, whose vast stable includes many of the best fighters in the world, including Floyd Mayweather Jr., Marcos Maidana, Danny Garcia, Adrien Broner, Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Peter Quillin, Deontay Wilder, Devon Alexander, Lucas Matthysse and many others.
Collazo, 32, of Brooklyn, N.Y., is coming off a second-round knockout of Victor Ortiz, another Haymon client, on Jan. 30.
"I'm excited to be joining Team Haymon," Collazo said. "I'm looking forward to the doors this opportunity is going to open for me. I can't wait to get this partnership going."
Collazo (35-5 18 KOs), who held a welterweight world title from 2005 to 2006, has won four in a row and put himself in position for a major fight in a deep 147-pound weight class.
"I'm looking forward to a big year ahead and signing with Team Haymon is just one of the first steps," Collazo said. "He works with a lot of guys in my division and with this new step in the right direction, I'm sure I will be fighting some of them in the near future."
Collazo, like everyone else, would love a piece of Mayweather and the big payday that goes with it. Collazo called out Mayweather after knocking out Ortiz, who had previously been knocked out by Mayweather.
"God willing I'll get the chance to be in the ring against Mayweather and prove what I've always thought, that I'm the best in the world,” Collazo said.
Haymon, as always, had no comment.