- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Welterweight contender Marcos Maidana, a mandatory challenger, wants his shot at titleholder Adrien Broner -- a fight that is in the works to headline a Showtime PPV card at the MGM Grand on Dec. 14.
Broner (27-0, 22 KOs), in his public comments, also has sounded willing to make his first title defense against the Argentine slugger. The fighters' mutual promoter, Golden Boy, has been crunching the numbers and talking with Al Haymon, the adviser for both fighters, about a deal.
But while Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer and Haymon haggle over the particulars of the event, the fighters still need to negotiate their specific deals. Some of that will take place during the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Canelo Alvarez fight week in Las Vegas, where the boxing world will gather.
Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs), a former junior welterweight titlist, and manager Sebastian Contursi will be traveling to Las Vegas this week, where they will meet with Haymon, hoping to hammer out their side of the deal for the fight, which was originally ticketed for Nov. 9 but moved last week. Maidana and Contursi recently brought Haymon on to help with his career.
"We talked with Al Haymon only regarding the new date, Dec. 14," Contursi said. "We didn't discuss any numbers yet, but we are travelling to Las Vegas for the Mayweather fight and we'll meet Al there to start the negotiations."