By Dominic Sauboorah:Golden Boy are on a roll when it comes to promoting fights. First of all by announcing the fight between undefeated American Danny Garcia and also reigning WBC super lightweight champion and hot British prospect and former two time super lightweight world champion Amir Khan will be taking place at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Now an even bigger fight has been announced. The young, undefeated Mexican fighter and reigning WBC super welterweight champion Saul Alvarez takes on the hungry, determined and hard hitting Victor Ortiz. Two mouth watering fights yet it hasn’t been the first time that Golden Boy Promotions have put on the best shows.
In 2007 Golden Boy Promotions promoted one of the biggest fights in this modern era between the golden boy Oscar De La Hoya and the pretty boy Floyd Mayweather and it was tipped by CEO of Golden Boy Richard Schaefer as “the biggest fight in the history of boxing.” Golden Boy Promotions have been putting on the best boxing shows for the last few years, too bad Top Rank haven’t been doing the same.
Bob Arum has made a tendency to prioritize the money involved in fights rather than who the fans want to see fight. Manny Pacquiao’s last 7 fights, which have all been promoted by Top Rank, have all been against fighters that were either past their prime or coming off of losses; however Bob Arum managed to make a lot of money from these fights, which is why many see Manny Pacquiao as Bob Arum’s “cash cow.” Top Rank has generally been a controversial promotional party considering the fact that their last three major boxing events involved dodgy scoring from the judges. This then led to many rumours that Bob Arum had paid off the judges in order for him to make more money from the fighters that he was promoting.
Golden Boy Promotions is the future of boxing, putting on the best and most exciting fights. Top Rank will never gain respect from the public as they put on shows that generally don’t interest the public. Oscar De La Hoya has given many boxing fans what they want and continues to do so. Too bad Bob Arum can’t say the same.