Yuriorkis Gamboa will be ringside for Pacquiao vs Bradley on Saturday, and could start repairing his relationship with Top Rank. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
BoxingScene.com reports that top featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa will be in attendance on Saturday night to see Manny Pacquiao face Timothy Bradley, which could be a significant step after Gamboa and the fight's promoters, Top Rank, had a major falling out earlier this spring that left lawsuits being thrown around and a highly-anticipated fight canceled.
Bob Arum believes that Gamboa, whose career is essentially dead in the water for the time being, may be turning a corner when it comes to Team Mayweather:
"I think he realizes that those people are full of shit. Mayweather, 50 Cent and all those people. They are going to have to pay damages," Arum said to BoxingScene.com.
"The Money Team," as they're called by themselves and weirdos, have been rumored to be the greatest reason Gamboa suddenly bailed on an April 14 fight with Brandon Rios, which boxing fans had been greatly looking forward to seeing. It also cost Top Rank an HBO date, as they instead had to take their show to PPV (though HBO distributed, they did not produce).
Gamboa (21-0, 16 KO) really isn't someone who can afford sitting out too long. At 30, he's not old, but he's definitely not in a position to waste time, either, particularly when you consider that he's got no fanbase and can't sell tickets. He does bring in TV money, but I don't think there's any doubt that without Top Rank (or Golden Boy, if they had him), he'd be worth less money.
It's not because he's not a terrific fighter, or not fun to watch. He's both. But he's not a true star in measurable figures.
Now, Gamboa coming to the fight doesn't necessarily mean anything itself. For all I know he's going to be sitting with members of "The Money Team." But if that's not the case, there's basically no way for him to avoid coming into contact with Top Rank officials and having a chat. It would be great to see something resolved and get Gamboa back in the ring this year.