Plenty of boxers hit out at promoters, but not too many put their money where their mouths are and become promoters.
Manny Pacquiao has joined the club and formed MP Promotions, and BoxNation regularly broadcast his exciting cards.
We have live coverage from Manila of his latest bill tomorrow (Sat 7th September), which is topped by the vacant IBF Minimumweight Title clash Samuel Salva and Pedro Taduran.
Continuing our build-up of the battle between the little big men, we look at how five other boxers have done as promoters.
OSCAR DE LA HOYA
No other boxer has made the impact as a promoter like De La Hoya, who has made Golden Boy Promotions a recognisable brand globally.
Right now, they don’t have multiple World Champions but the biggest attraction in the world Canelo Alvarez is their star turn and that helped get Oscar a huge deal with DAZN.
A six-weight World Champion, De La Hoya’s company is 17-years-old and worked with hundreds of World Champions.
Once Alvarez goes it will be interesting to see if they can remain powerful in America.
The American legend isn’t slow to talk money and has been just as quick throwing money at making Mayweather Promotions a success.
He started the company in 2007 after leaving Top Rank and he has made a stack of fighters rich and nurtured World Champions.
Their current stable star is Gervonta Davis, who is looking to move up to Lightweight after proving himself as the best at Super-Featherweight.
He might have been one of the greatest heavyweights in history, but his promotional empire never truly took off. Lewis formed the company at the tail-end of his career and it certainly boosted his earnings as a boxer.
When he formed the company his staff included the late Dean Powell, who was taken on as head of boxing. They even had a deal with the BBC who showed their cards, but it was short-lived and Lewis maybe realised there are far better things to invest money in.
Naz and his family formed Prince Promotions when the featherweight genius wanted to take more control of his career.
They did get a deal with Sky Sports and staged a stack of good domestic standard shows. Naz’s brother Riath was the big driver when the business was in it’s pomp, but the promotional company fell away when Sky ditched them in 2004 and they were relieved.
Riath said: “It is another step away from boxing for the company, which we welcome. For this to die a natural death like this is a blessing.”
ROY JONES JR
RJJ Boxing has been active for several years, but he has yet to reach the dizzy heights like De La Hoya and Golden Boy. The Las Vegas based company have ambitions and in America their shows are broadcast through UFC Fight Pass.
It has been hard going, but Jones is ambitious and is shows his passion and love for boxing is still flickering after a magnificent career which was blemished when he boxed on for too long.
Watch the next Manny Pacquiao-promoted show live on BoxNation on September 7th at 12pm.