Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions may be producing Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show on Jan. 24, but that won’t be the only event they’re involved in that day. According to ESPN’s Dan Rafael, Golden Boy’s Shane Mosley will box Top Rank’s Antonio Margarito in Las Vegas on the same night as Affliction’s second show. The match was talked about before, but the deal ended up falling through until now. Apparently, HBO stepped to save the day.
A week after the fight was left for dead, the Antonio Margarito-Shane Mosley welterweight title match was resurrected on Monday.
“It’s back together. Everybody got satisfied. Everybody was sensible,” Top Rank’s Bob Arum, Margarito’s promoter, told ESPN.com. “We adjusted the purses as far as HBO putting more money in and it got solved.”
They’ll meet Jan. 24 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Arum said.
“The fight is done,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Mosley promoter Golden Boy. “I think it’s fantastic to end 2008 with a bang with Oscar De La Hoya against Manny Pacquiao [on Dec. 6] and then for Golden Boy and Top Rank to start 2009 with a bang with Margarito-Mosley. It’s a fight that fans want. Now, it’s a fight the fans will get. It’s exciting.”
Quite the odd partnership these two have. If you remember, Day of Reckoning was supposed to be headlined by a big time boxing match, at least until Golden Boy determined there wasn’t enough cross over appeal for the hybrid card to be successful. And now they’re holding a boxing match the same night. Certainly makes you wonder what Golden Boy is sticking around for. I’m sure they aren’t giving Affliction a hand with the production and marketing out of the kindness of their hearts. Perhaps they are just testing the waters to see if mixed martial arts really is something they want to invest in, or maybe Affliction’s being just as generous with them as they are with their fighters.
No matter the reason, it will be interesting to see if a partnership between the two still exists after Jan. 24. Of course, first things first, will Affliction Entertainment still exist after Jan. 24?