Fights we want to see

Updated: July 3, 2007, 5:10 PM ET
By Dan Rafael
Short of having an undisputed heavyweight champion, boxing received some of the best news it could have asked for last week when Bob Arum's Top Rank and Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions reached a settlement of their various lawsuits, including the suffocating litigation over Manny Pacquiao's promotional rights, and agreed to begin promoting fights together.

They haven't done business with each other since co-promoting the third showdown between Erik Morales (Top Rank) and Marco Antonio Barrera (Golden Boy) on Nov. 27, 2004. Their bitter rivalry has been terrible for boxing because it prevented many great fights from happening. Instead of making matches -- and money -- with each other, the companies spent a lot of time badmouthing each other to the media while boxing fans (and media) were caught in the crossfire.

Now that they have called a truce, the first co-promotion under the settlement will take place Oct. 6 at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay, a much-anticipated rematch between Pacquiao and Barrera. It's a big fight, but only one of the many possible outstanding bouts the companies can make by matching fighters from their loaded talent rosters. Here's a look at a handful of fights the companies should consider making (Golden Boy fighters are listed first):