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MSG or Ratner: Which company benefits boxing most?

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano pushed back the

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano pushed back the deadline for a final decision on Nassau Coliseum until mid-August from July 15, giving the firms time to negotiate and execute contracts that will contain their final offers for the project. (Oct. 25, 2011) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is expected to name the developer for Nassau Coliseum and the surrounding area Wednesday, Newsday reported earlier Tuesday.

The finalists are the Madison Square Garden Co. and Forest City Ratner Companies.

There's little doubt among most observers that MSG and Forest City Ratner are both very capable of renovating/rebuilding Nassau Coliseum and transforming it into a state-of-the-art multipurpose arena.  

In addition to bringing concerts, trade shows, athletic events like college basketball, the WNBA and possibly an arena league football franchise, both have stated they will bring big time boxing to the arena.

This begs the question: Which company would serve in boxing's best interest?

Forest City Ratner, which owns the Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn, has stated Golden Boy Promotions would be in charge of bringing boxing to the arena. Golden Boy has done an exceptional job bringing big fights to the Barclays Center and has given boxing a much-needed shot in the arm. 

MSG has a long history with boxing and is often referred to as the Mecca of the Sport. Although Las Vegas is now considered the capital of the sport, MSG still has a place in the sport. 

So which group would benefit boxing the most as developer? This is actually a very easy question to answer. MSG would be the better fit for boxing. Why? Golden Boy Promotions is still at odds with Top Rank and has been for several years.

The two promotional giants, considered the biggest in boxing, don't work together and rarely speak. Their stalemate has been one of the reasons why Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather didn't happen, why Abner Mares and Nonito Donaire didn't fight and why Canelo Alvarez didn't mix it up with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. 

MSG has no such issues with either company.

Golden Boy also has a frosty relationship with HBO, which means boxing's biggest broadcast partner won't televise any fights at the newly renovated Coliseum if MSG doesn't win the bid.

To be fair, there is always a chance that Golden Boy could repair its fractured relationship with HBO and there is always a chance they could restore its relations with Top Rank. 

Unless that happens, MSG is the right fit for boxing at Nassau Coliseum.

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