Could the frigid relationship between Top Rank and Golden Boy be thawing?
Bob Arum and Richard Schaefer, who run the rival promotional firms, reportedly sat at the same table on Monday as part of the negotiations that led to the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez fight on Nov. 12.
And they apparently got along fine.
"It's good to have positive dialogue and not allow negative banter — backstabbing, talking about each other to the media — to take over," Top Rank President Todd DuBoef told the Los Angeles Times. "Positive interaction is encouraging. You crawl before you walk.
“I hope we can do business together again, we want a more healthy environment, and that brief interaction represents the first steps."
The rivals haven’t worked on a fight together for two years. If they can work together again, boxing would benefit.