Pacquiao-Garcia the first order of business after end of Top Rank-GBP ‘Cold War’

Milan Ordoñez on Oct 13, 2014 10:36 AM
Pacquiao-Garcia to be made next
MANILA – The looming end of the “cold war” between boxing promotion giants Top Rank and Golden Boy may happen sooner than later.Former world champion and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya recently revealed that he is currently in talks with his former rival promoter Bob Arum to discuss how both companies could go back to doing business together.“We’re going to talk about ending the Cold War between Golden Boy and Top Rank. My objective is to make the big fights,” De La Hoya said in an interview with RingTV. “Golden Boy has fighters that can fight Top Rank fighters and who can make great fights. We want to make great, exciting fights that the people want to see, and that’s what I want to talk to Bob about.”Arum, on the other hand, confirmed about having a conversation with De La Hoya in a separate interview. The 82-year old veteran promoter was on the pre-fight press tour in San Francisco for the Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algieri fight in November when the former world champion called.“That’s correct. Oscar called me at the ballpark, and we arranged to have our talk. When I finish with the tour in New York, I’ll be flying to Los Angeles,” Arum said.The end of the “cold war” between Top Rank and Golden Boy would mean a wider range of choices of match-ups among the companies’ respective fighters. One bout that piqued the interest of the two veteran promoters is a showdown between reigning light welterweight world champion Danny Garcia and eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao.“You could have Danny Garcia versus Manny Pacquiao,” De La Hoya said. "What a fight that would be? That’s what I want to talk to Bob about. Danny Garcia versus Manny Pacquiao? Come on, you would have the young, strong bull versus the not-so-young strong bull in Manny.” “Those are the types of fights and matches that I want to talk to Bob and see what we can come up with,” he added.Coincidentally, it is also a match-up that has tickled the fancy of the Pacquiao camp, particularly Freddie Roach, who admitted to have wanted the fight in the first place. “Danny Garcia is my number one choice right now,” Roach said in an interview with Radio Raheem. “I wish we were fighting him today. I know he’s a tough guy, his dad’s a funny guy, let’s see if he can outtalk me.”

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