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Reports of discussions between Top Rank and Golden Boy can only be good for boxing

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Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer and president Oscar De La Hoya (AP)

Little could be better for the future health of boxing if the little nugget buried inside a Los Angeles Times news story bears fruit.

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.

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Top Rank president Todd duBoef (Chris Farina/Top Rank)

They are, by far, the two largest and most successful promoters in the world and they have the largest stable of fighters. But for most of the last five years, and a lot of the last 10, they've refused to do business together because of feuds that are so difficult to unravel, a full explanation would take longer than Chris Berman's speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

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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