Al Haymon

Al Haymon (born April 21, 1955) is an American businessman and boxing manager. He was the manager to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and has won the Boxing Writers of America Manager of the Year Award a total of five times.

Early lifeEdit

Haymon was raised in Cleveland, Ohio and studied economics at Harvard.[1] He also has an MBA from Harvard.

Music careerEdit

His main career start was in music promotion, where he promoted such acts as M. C. Hammer, New Edition, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson and Mary J. Blige, and Rick James. He branched out to other entertainment areas, such as when he worked with Eddie Murphy.[1] In 1999, he sold 50% of A. H. Enterprises to SFX Entertainment.[2]

Boxing careerEdit

Around 2000, Haymon ventured into boxing when he managed Vernon Forrest.[1] Over the next decade, Haymon gained considerable influence in boxing, mainly due to his connection to Floyd Mayweather Jr.[1] In 2005 and 2013, Haymon won the Al Buck Award (Manager of the Year) from the Boxing Writers Association of America.[3][4]

Haymon founded Premier Boxing Champions, which held its first event in 2015.

Criticism and controversyEdit

Haymon is rarely seen and never interviewed. Greg Bishop, formerly of the New York Times and now of Sports Illustrated, suggests that Haymon functions as both promoter and manager, against the principles of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, which was designed to separate boxing promoters from boxing managers.[1] He has also been criticized by fans and writers alike for the inactivity of many of his fighters.[5][6][7]

Notable client listEdit

Fighters who are currently or were previously represented by Haymon include:[1][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Behind the Scenes Haymon is Shaking Up the Fight Game". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  2. ^ SFX turns up urban beat - Adam Sandler, Variety, 21 May 1999
  3. ^ "Al Buck Award: 2005 Manager of the Year: Al Haymon". Bwaa.org. Archived from the original on 2011-08-17. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  4. ^ "BWAA Boxing Awards". bwaa.org. Archived from the original on 2013-08-30. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  5. ^ "Eddie Hearn Continues to Take Swipes at Al Haymon And The Inactivity of His Fighters". www.ringnews24.com. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  6. ^ "Bob Arum: Top Rank held talks with Al Haymon fighters about signing deals". The Ring. 2018-03-20. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  7. ^ "Lightweight Herring strikes deal with Top Rank". ESPN.com. 2018-01-17. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  8. ^ Rafael, Dan (2012-10-17). "Lopez, Lara sign with Haymon - Dan Rafael Blog - ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s Advisor Al Haymon Signs 6 U.S. Olympians - Michael Walters, Bleacher Report, 27 September 2012
  10. ^ Rick Reeno (October 26, 2014). "Sergey Derevyanchenko Inks Pact With Al Haymon Jean-Pierre Augustin". Boxing Scene.
  11. ^ WBN. "British heavyweight contender Joe Joyce teams up with Al Haymon, US debut imminent". WBN - World Boxing News. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  12. ^ Tom Gray (25 April 2019). "Joe Joyce signs co-promotional deal with Queensberry Promotions and Ringstar Sport s". The Ring.
  13. ^ Lopez, Lara sign with Haymon – Dan Rafael Blog – ESPN. Espn.go.com. Retrieved on 2013-06-07.
  14. ^ Greg Bishop (22 December 2014). "The man with the plan". Sports Illustrated.
  15. ^ "Luis Ortiz Inks Pact With Al Haymon – Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  16. ^ "Al Haymon and Manny Pacquiao Link Up Shows Haymon Still As Influential As Ever". BoxingNewsandViews.com. October 16, 2018.
  17. ^ Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant A Champion in the Making! -Ken Hissner, Boxing Insider, November 8, 2016
  18. ^ Guillermo Rigondeaux links up with PBC, will campaign at 122 pounds - The Ring, 24 October 2018
  19. ^ Rick Reeno (11 January 2019). "Andy Ruiz Inks Agreement With Al Haymon, Heads To PBC". Boxing Scene.
  20. ^ Wilder Brings in Al Haymon To Reach "The Next Level" - Jake Donovan, Boxing Scene, 16 May 2013
  21. ^ Adonis Stevenson signs with Al Haymon - Lem Satterfield, The Ring, 18 February 2014
  22. ^ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Inks Contract With Al Haymon - Rick Reeno, Boxing Scene, 3 November 2014