When reports surfaced that Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions was planning a Shane Mosley vs. Antonio Margarito fight to be televised on HBO on Jan. 24, questions were raised regarding the company’s commitment to Affliction Entertainment.
Both Affliction and Golden Boy have announced a partnership in recent months in which Affliction would provide merchandising resources to Golden Boy while in turn, Golden Boy would assist Affliction with its television and live event production.
The Affliction-Golden Boy marriage is set to kickoff on January 24 for Affliction’s second-ever PPV, titled “Day of Reckoning” and featuring WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko defending his title vs. former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.
While the proposed Mosley vs. Margarito fight was set to be aired on premium cable, the revelation that Golden Boy had plans to help two events in one night didn’t seem entirely logical. However, reports have surfaced in recent days indicating that Margarito did not respond in time to a Tuesday deadline that had been set for him to formally accept the bout.
Reports indicate that attempts were made to secure a replacement for Margarito with unbeaten WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto considered a leading candidate. However, FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that if a Mosley vs. Berto fight is signed, that it’s unlikely to take place on Jan. 24 meaning Golden Boy is no longer expected to go head-to-head with “Day of Reckoning.”
In related news, sources have informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com that Affliction Entertainment Vice President Tom Atencio incorrectly stated to SI.com’s Josh Gross last week that Showtime will be producing “Day of Reckoning.” While Showtime will be distributing the PPV, Golden Boy will be overseeing the television production with Showtime expected to provide marketing and promotional resources. Organizers involved with the event have yet to finalize the announce team for the show but a decision is expected soon.