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Op-Ed: Fans want Top Rank, Golden Boy to end rivalry for good of sport

Posted Jan 11, 2013 by Leo Reyes
For over three years, boxing fans have been salivating to see Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather display their exceptional skills in the ring for a match that appears to be the biggest and most lucrative fight in boxing history.
Oscar De La Hoya
Oscar De La Hoya
Rodolfo Macias
But the fight that every boxing fan in the world wants to see, may not take place this year or next and it may not happen in our lifetime.
Boxing fans want to know who are the people to blame for standing in the way of this most anticipated and highly-publicized fight.
Some friends in my small circle of avid boxing fans say, Top Rank Promotion's Bob Arum should be blamed for stalling the fight while others say Golden Boy Promotion's Oscar de la Hoya should likewise share the blame for keeping the best boxing matches away from the fans.
Seemingly, these two giant promotions companies are so deep in their business rivalry that their owners or top executives do not care about the future of boxing as a major sport, so long as they keep their deep pockets bulging with cash from their in-house fights.
Keeping fights within their circle of fighters has been the practice of these top promotions companies. In so doing, they keep all the revenues within the company rather than share them with a co-promoter, which will in effect, diminish their earnings.
It is of course a wise business decision for a typical businessman whose only yardstick for business success is the positive bottom line in their P and L statements.
But what about the fans who shell out their hard-earned money to watch quality fights? And what if they want to see a fight between two great fighters like Pacquiao and Mayweather, who are both controlled by these two promotional giants?
The answer is they won't ever see good and competitive fights because one opponent or fighter who is a top choice for a good fight by the fans, belongs to the rival promotions company.
A case in point, on top of the failed Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, is the overwhelming demand from fans for a Nonito Donaire vs. Abner Mares fight.
Promoter Bob Arum arrives
Promoter Bob Arum arrives
Oliver Iglesias
As it is now, these most requested fights are doomed from the very beginning because they belong to the two opposing giant business rivals.
Donaire, who has exhibited great boxing skills, fights for Top Rank Promotions of Bob Arum while Mares is with Golden Boy Promotions of Oscar dela Hoya.
No one will dispute that these two great fighters will give boxing fans their money's worth if they will be allowed to show their wares inside the ring.
Donaire has fought four times this year and was handed multiple awards for his exemplary and outstanding performance in the ring against topnotch opponents, including Yahoo! Sports "2012 Fighter of the Year."
Likewise, Mares, who remains unbeaten in his 25 professional fights, has shown his superiority over great fighters including Vic Darchinyan, Joseph Agbeko, Eric Morel and Anselmo Moreno, who were all ex-champions.
With the intense and bitter rivalry between these two warring promotional giants, quality fights like the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather and the Donaire vs. Mares matches, will never take place unless one of them signs up with the other company upon expiration of his contract.
There are other great matches that should have been shared by these two top promoters to the paying public but because of their intense business rivalry (or jealousy?), fans are left out with inferior matches that only these top promoters seem to have benefited.