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Op-Ed: Top Rank-GBP rivalry prevents fans from watching great fights

Posted Jan 1, 2014 by Leo Reyes
Two top world boxing promoters are preventing boxing fans from watching great fights because of their long years of intense business rivalry, leaving the public with no choice but to watch in-house boxers fighting each other.
Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao celebrates with coach Freddie roach and promoter Bob Arum during one o...
Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao celebrates with coach Freddie roach and promoter Bob Arum during one of his fight wins.
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Bob Arum's Top Rank Promotions (TRP) and Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) are two of the biggest boxing promotions companies in the world and together they control the best and brightest boxers of this generation.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr., the worlds best pound-for-pound boxer and the world's richest sportsman, works under the promotional umbrella of GBP while eight-division world champion, Manny Pacquiao, is under the promotional control of TRP.
The two great fighters could not face each other in the ring despite popular demand from boxing fans around the world for the simple reason that they belong to two opposing business concerns whose primary purpose is to make profits for their shareholders.
Promoting boxing is a legitimate business and both GBP and TRP are entitled to a decent return on their owners' investments. But these two seemingly greedy companies have forgotten that the public deserves watching great fights because they are in effect paying for the promotional expenses and purses of the fighters.
One example of a great fight is the one between Mayweather and Pacquiao, which has been on the drawing board for almost four years now. But because the people behind these companies don't see each other eye-to-eye, the fight that every boxing fan in the world wants to see has remained just a fantasy for most of them.
Currently these two top promotions companies control the majority of the world's top boxers. What is happening at the moment is they promote fights between and among top fighters within their organization.
Oscar de la Hoya with Manny Pacquiao
Oscar de la Hoya is slated to fight Manny Pacquiao on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas
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For example, Manny Pacquiao who fights under TRP, is matched with a fellow TRP fighter like Timothy Bradley, who is also a TRP fighter. In the process, TRP promotes the fight and all the profits or gains is kept with the company.
The same is true with GBP, who has Mayweather under its umbrella. He is then matched with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, who is likewise under the control of GBP. Like TRP, they also keep the profit to them instead of sharing it with another firm.
What fans would like to see is for these companies to act as co-promoters of these top fighters under their umbrella and share in the gains of the matches involving the best fighters from both sides.
These two companies have an impressive roster of top fighters from which great matches can be made for the ultimate satisfaction of the fans. GBP has Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Canelo Alvarez, Adrien Broner, Danny Garcia, Abner Mares, Victor Ortiz, Keith Thurman, Bernard Hopkins, Robert Guerrero, Paulie Malignaggi, Alfredo and Angulo, to name a few.
TRP has Manny Pacquiao, Timothy Bradley, Nonito Donaire, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., Vic Darchinyan, Mike Alvarado, Jorge Arce, Mickey Garcia, Juan Manuel Marquez, Vanes Martirosyan, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Brandon Rios, Fernando Montiel, Ruslan Provodnikov and Glen Tapia, among others.
The choice would be limitless if fans and the public are consulted on the best possible matchups based on their individual skills and popularity,
Still, there is no sign in sight for these two contending promotions giants to kiss and makeup and to bury the hatchet in order to save boxing from possible extinction.