Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer and president Oscar De La Hoya (AP)
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told the Times' Lance Pugmire that he's spoken to Top Rank president Todd duBoef regarding a potential Juan Manuel Marquez-Erik Morales fight at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on June 14.
A Marquez-Morales fight should have happened years ago, but that's beside the point in terms of the bigger picture here.
The fact that representatives of the two warring companies are talking about working together again should be cause to celebrate for anyone who wants to see good fights.
Top Rank president Todd duBoef (Chris Farina/Top Rank)
That feud has cost each company, and their fighters, untold thousands, if not millions of dollars, and deprived fans of a lengthy list of great fights, up to and including the much desired Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Golden Boy)-Manny Pacquiao (Top Rank) fight.
The Times, though, in a story largely about Amir Khan's next fight, quotes Schaefer confirming that he's talked with duBoef about putting Morales in against Marquez at Cowboys Stadium.
That's a good fight, but what's significant is that Todd and I are having a conversation
It's good that Schaefer gets the significance of it. In the last year or so, duBoef has begun to refer to himself as the "boxing evangelist" and has talked about many of the good but under-reported things that are going on in the sport. Significantly, he's praised things Golden Boy has done and hasn't taken the tack of trashing the opposition like has been done so often between the parties recently.
It's a long way from a quote in the newspaper to the realization of Mayweather-Pacquiao, but in this boxing Cold War, it's about as good as it gets these days.
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