Golden Boy Promotion’s Chief Marketing Officer Bruce Binkow today responded to Sherdog about HBO boxing commentator Larry Merchant’s claims that Oscar De La Hoya was paid $5 million to attend Affliction: Day of Reckoning on Saturday as opposed to the Antonio Margarito vs. Shane Mosley bout which his company was also co-promoting:
“It’s ridiculous [to say] that there was a $5 million dollar fee paid [for de La Hoya’s attendance]. There’s a financial commitment obviously that Affliction made, and Oscar felt an obligation through his partners at Affliction [to attend]. I don’t know how more simple it can be and why it’s any more complicated than that.
The [Affliction] pay-per-view date was set long before the boxing event, and Oscar didn’t feel right about offending his commitment to our partners in Affliction. I think it was a great night for both sports. There was packed houses at the Staples Center and the Honda Center, so we were thrilled with both events.”
Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio also commented on the situation to MMA Weekly:
“I don’t see where they would get it from. But based on the comment I would say that yeah, he definitely had to make it up. I’m not him, so I’m not going to assume anything like possibly they would. I’m not going to make rumors; all I can say is that it’s completely false.
We knew he was going to be there (because) he’s our partner,” commented Atencio. “Being our partner – the good partner that he is – he honored and wanted to live up to his part of the bargain; that was being part of the show.”