The seemingly straightforward process of putting together a fight between two boxers who want to fight each other in a bout the public is eager to see becomes anything but simple when the promoters involved are Golden Boy and Top Rank.
There is a chasm between the sides that is so wide that one manager who represents fighters under contract to both companies said he's never seen anything like it.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer and president Oscar De La Hoya stand on one side of the feud. Top Rank chairman Bob Arum and president Todd duBoef are anchored on the other side.
"The hatred between them is very, very real," said the manager, who requested anonymity. "It's just not normal business competition. They hate each other with a passion."
A potential super bantamweight unification fight between Top Rank's Nonito Donaire and Golden Boy's Abner Mares is the latest casualty of this long-running feud.
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