Golden Boy-HBO part ways
March 20, 2013
Yahoo! Sports reports that HBO has ended its relationship with Golden Boy Promotions. The decision to leave the highest-rated boxing network will ignite a competition with rival Showtime.
Golden Boy fighters such as Bernard Hopkins, Adrien Broner and Andre Berto will likely move to Showtime. Former HBO fighters Danny Garcia, Amir Khan and Canelo Alvarez are already on Showtime.
The move was made in part to continued friction between the companies. Despite an exodus of Golden Boy fighters, Nonito Donaire, Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao will likely stay with HBO.
Although not under contract with Golden Boy, Floyd Mayweather announced a contract with Showtime this past February.
The decision to break ties means that HBO will be the de facto network for Top Rank while Showtime will house Golden Boy fighters. Although HBO may feel the sting of losing the likes of Broner and Berto, it still has Donaire (who has a big fight in April), Bradley (who had the fight of the year while we watched GSP-Diaz) and Pacquiao. The good news is that this should bring out better fights on the network. The bad news is that we may not see cross-promotion fights due to the fact that there will be an impasse on which network would benefit.