It didn't take long for promotional rival, Oscar De la Hoya (of Golden Boy Promotions) to weigh-in on Saturday's controversial Manny Pacquiao split decision loss to Timothy Bradley.
"I am convinced Bob Arum and his top stank are really trying to ruin the sport. He's 90 what does he care?! Don't worry. #goldenboy #rescue," De la Hoya said via his official Twitter account.
Shortly after the initial Tweet, the former Olympic gold medalist was back on his Twitter soapbox:
"I get passionate over the sport I dearly love. No more stooping down. Just actions!! #goldenboy"
"Sick and tired if these writers protecting or not shedding light on the root of the problem. If it was goldenboy they'd be all over us."
The bitter rivalry between boxing's two biggest promotional companies has been well-documented and doesn't look to be ending anytime soon. As a byproduct of the angry war between the two powerhouse promotional firms, boxing has suffered through partial paralysis, unable to make many of the top fights that the fans demand.
Statements like De la Hoya's, even if given with the best of intentions, only serve to make the divide deeper and the wounds harder to heal.
De la Hoya also conveniently forgets controversial calls under his own company's banner. Most notably, Adrien Broner's widely panned decision over Daniel Ponce de Leon in 2011, Juan Diaz's controversial unanimous decision over Paulie Malignaggi in 2009, and the questionable Erislandy Lara-Carlos Molina draw in 2011.
Promotional politics and the inability to deal with or even acknowledge their own questionable practices are forcing both companies further apart and, perhaps, forming a permanent wedge between the two.
De la Hoya is certainly entitled to speak out, but with his own controversies still fresh in the public's mind, attacking a rival company just comes off as petty and pointless grandstanding.
If De la Hoya and Bob Arum were serious about doing something positive for the sport, they'd find a way to bury the professional hatchet. They'd get down to making some prizefights that pit the best against the best-- bouts that don't rely on judging sleight of hand or matchmaking parlor tricks to get their fighters to the top.
If they don't find a way to get over the petty bickering and shady practices, both Arum and De la Hoya may one day find that the fans they so take for granted aren't around to be exploited anymore.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing.
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