Last week, reports surfaced that former CEO Richard Schaeffer and Golden Boy Promotions settled their lawsuit. With this settlement, the former promotional powerhouse relinquished all fighters under the Al Haymon umbrella, with the exception of Leo Santa Cruz, Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse and Paulie Malignaggi.
This means that the company founded by Oscar De La Hoya will no longer be involved in the career of today’s number one pound for pound fighter and the biggest cash cow in boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
It also made clear that Golden Boy Promotions will not be part of the potential mega-fight between Mayweather and his arch rival Manny Pacquiao. However, this does not mean that the company is rooting for the fight to fall through, this according to managing partner and legendary fighter Bernard Hopkins.
“I hope it happens for the sake of boxing”, the 50-year old fighter told ThaBoxingVoice.com. “It is not personal. This is a Super Bowl in boxing. We need it. Every other sport has a Super Bowl or grand finale. I don’t give a damn if [it’s being] promoted by Golden Boy Promotions or not. I preferred it to be us.
“Look, at the end of the day, I want people that I run into that don’t even watch boxing, mainstream media and mainstream business people, to tell me that they heard about a big fight coming up. I want them to surprise me. People [who] I didn’t know watch boxing to tell me, ‘hey I’m watching this one.’ That is what I want to hear when I am watching the streets of Philadelphia.”
Hopkins also slipped in his prediction during his explanation of why he wants the fight to happen.
“I don’t know if it will happen, but I believe Floyd would beat him.”