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Boxing, MMA make strained bedfellows

Oscar De La Hoya sees a future in which boxing and mixed martial arts can coexist, even walk arm in arm. But will MMA fans accept outside influences, and would the union be a killer crossover for boxing?

Updated: January 27, 2009, 10:14 PM ET
By Tim Smith | Special to ESPN.com

Oscar De La Hoya had a tough choice Saturday. He could have used a clone. His company, Golden Boy Promotions, was involved in two events in the Los Angeles area on the same night.

Shane Mosley, a former boxing world champion in three different weight classes and a partner in Golden Boy Promotions, was challenging Antonio Margarito for the WBA welterweight title at the Staples Center. At the same time, Golden Boy Promotions was promoting a mixed martial arts show, featuring heavyweights Fedor ...

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