Well, it didn’t even get started before it was over: word is floating around that the Golden Boy / Affliction team-up has fallen apart before it even got onto it’s feet:
MMAPayout.com has received unconfirmed reports that Golden Boy Promotions has walked away from a rumored promotional partnership with Affliction Clothing due to control issues. Affliction’s promotional effort has made a splash in the industry this year, reportedly signing several high profile free agents to lucrative contracts with large signing bonuses in addition to potentially working with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.
While attention-wise the falling was a candle to the bright fiery sun of destruction that represented M-1 Global imploding, I personally think this story is way more important. M-1 Global was never much more than a big joke – I was worried about what I was going to cover once Evan Tanner stopped drinking, but those clowns filled in quite nicely. The Golden Boy / Affliction duo was looking to be much more formidable. Well, actually I guess the Golden Boy part of the equation was looking to be pretty formidable. I really don’t know what Affliction was bringing to the table past tacky clothing and a few million bucks.