By Zach Arnold | January 14, 2008
I saw this post by Luke Thomas talking about the politics behind Phil Baroni’s next fight. The long and the short of it – Sengoku announced Baroni vs. Kikuta last week for their 3/5 Tokyo show (as we noted on the site), Ken Pavia said Baroni was fielding a number of offers, and now there’s a report that American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose brokered the Japanese fight.
Luke responds to the report above with this comment:
I love how Phil Baroni’s manager and AKA management team aren’t even on the same sheet of music for Phil’s next fight. That’s great foreshadowing, no?
Say what you will about Ken Pavia, but the fact is that he’s trying to do the best he can to represent his client. If his client has a non-exclusive deal for representation, then I suppose this incident could be fodder for the hardcores. However, if Pavia has an exclusive deal to represent Baroni, then the focus should be on Baroni.
It’s easy to rail on the various agents in the MMA business and to stress that fighter representation is behind the curve in terms of dealing with promoters and contracts. However, clients have to show just as good judgment as their appointed managers. If a fighter is reportedly screwing around his agent’s back to get fights booked, what’s the point of having the agent representing you in the first place?
If Pavia has an exclusive deal to manage Baroni, then the heat should be on both AKA and Baroni.
It is curious that Baroni would allegedly have AKA book the match for him, considering that Ken Pavia stood by him during his CSAC appeals hearing on the failed drug test.