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Mikey Garcia admits he is leaning toward signing with Al Haymon

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Photo by: Naoki Fukuda

Photo by: Naoki Fukuda

Mikey Garcia listed Al Haymon as the current front-runner to sign him to a long-term deal after his fight on July 30, he told RingTV.com on Thursday.

The former two-division champion is shopping his wares since leaving Top Rank in a promotional rift that took more than two years to resolve. Garcia is scheduled to face former titleholder Elio Rojas on July 30 on Showtime at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and says he has not signed any long-term deals beyond that fight.

However, Garcia (34-0, 28 knockouts) admitted that, as expected, he is leaning toward inking a deal with Haymon following his upcoming bout.

“With Haymon we have this agreement right now where he’s offering me this fight to show me what he can do along with (Showtime head of boxing) Stephen Espinoza,” Garcia said in a phone interview. “So we don’t know exactly what’s going to happen. It’s not a done deal. It’s nothing like that, but it seems like they’re right now front-runners on this (to sign me). They’re showing me that they believe in me to offer me a fight with no long-term commitment.”

At the same time, it’s not a fait accompli for the 28-year-old. Mayweather Promotions, which works closely with Haymon and Showtime, is also in the hunt for his signature, he said. “Floyd is very interested still,” Garcia said. “We’ve been talking through my brother (and trainer Robert). (Mayweather) wants to work with not just me but with some of the guys my brother is bringing up out of his gym, so we might decide to co-promote with someone.”

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