Top Rank and Golden Boy leagues? Sounds like a boxing version of UFC.
Following Tim Bradley’s welterweight decision win over Luis Carlos Abregu Saturday night, HBO’s Max Kellerman offered an editorial to viewers following Bradley calling out Manny Pacquiao knowing that a fight between Pacman and Floyd Mayweather wasn’t in the immediate future.
“Certain promoters, like Top Rank and Golden Boy,” Max said, “are forming their own sort of quasi leagues.”
With the news that in the wake of the Pacquiao – Mayweather megafight falling through for the second time, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has repeatedly said plan B is to match Pacquiao in either a rematch with Miguel Cotto or against disgraced former welterweight titleholder Antonio Margarito.
Both fights have been met with a lack of interest from boxing fans rare for a Pacquiao fight. Pacman already beatdown Cotto last November making a rematch seem pointless and Margarito in no way deserves a fight of this magnitude based on recent performances. Not to mention that he doesn’t even have a license to box in the United States for attempting to enter the ring with plaster of paris in his gloves against Shane Mosley.
(For more of my thoughts on a potential Pacquiao – Margarito, see http://dampfang.com/x-34564-New-England-Boxing-Examiner~y2010m7d19-Pacquiao–Margarito-Met-with-a-big-yawn)
So with Top Rank looking to keep Pacquiao next fight in house and not even entertaining notions of more interesting match ups with the likes of Andre Berto, Paul Williams or Bradley, Kellerman made the comment about promoters keeping their fighters taking on each other almost like a league.
Sound familiar? It’s what the UFC and major MMA organizations do.
Would UFC President Dana White entertain a fight between Brock Lesnar and Fedor Emalienko? Not unless Fedor was signed to the UFC. Would Dana White do a co-promotion with Fedor’s company M-1 Global? Not a chance.
UFC is both a promotional company an an overseer of it’s championships and titles. On a positive note, the UFC can easily make fights from within its own deep roster. On a negative note, it refuses to entertain interesting bouts with fighters from other promotions.
It is what is is, but I hope Top Rank opts to look outside the box and find Pacquiao a better fight than Cotto or Margarito.