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Could Top Rank vs Golden Boy War Be Coming to an End?

Bob Arum has been a bit nicer about Golden Boy Promotions lately. Can it last? (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Bob Arum has been a bit nicer about Golden Boy Promotions lately. Can it last? (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

There has been plenty of talk lately that maybe the Cold War between Top Rank and GBP is ending, including this Kevin Iole article:

Arum told the Los Angeles Times that the [Donaire] arbitration meeting ended on May 16 “in a burst of goodwill, with handshakes,” and said he expected the companies could again work together. In a later interview with Yahoo! Sports, Arum said he was “hopeful” that would be the case.

And recently, Larry Merchant offered this thought:

"I think that Pacquiao has created such a high standard for himself that he's going to need some serious opposition eventually to convince people that when he fights they are going to see a fight and not a performance or a concert. ... I've always said that, as soon as Bob Arum saw that there was a chance to make real money by fighting a Golden Boy fighter in some way, he'll make nice the way he did with Don King when they were feuding. I think the best thing that Golden Boy has going for them now, and I think Arum is very shrewd and smart enough to know this, is that they have two of the hottest young fighters in boxing in 'Canelo' Alvarez and Victor Ortiz."

Fact is, both companies are going to run out of big-time fights to make soon.

Look, it's obvious to us, but it seems to miss the mainstream talking heads. The feud between Top Rank and Golden Boy is by far the biggest impediment to making the best fights in the United States. Everything -- even Pacquiao vs Mayweather -- would be easier to make if all the power brokers had wallets to get fattened at the same time.

I won't be holding my breath, but even this amount of talk about the war ending is encouraging. We can hope, but don't take it too far.

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