Terence Crawford and Oscar De La Hoya have some differing viewpoints as it relates to growing the boxing business.

An existential crisis of sorts has gripped boxing since it was announced earlier this week that Showtime will no longer be programming the sport after the end of this year, effectively ending the broadcaster’s nearly four-decade relationship with The Sweet Science.

The decision was made by Showtime’s parent company, Paramount Global, which cited a desire to invest in scripted series amid a competitive and ever-shifting media landscape.  

The news prompted reactions from many prominent figures within boxing, including Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya and undisputed welterweight champion Terence Crawford, who were engaged in a small dialogue about the future of the sport.

De La Hoya called for a greater sense of cooperation between promoters, while Crawford argued that fighters needed to be involved intimately in the business aspects of boxing if the sport is expected to grow. 

“I salute Showtime for their near 40-year commitment to the sport that I love,” De La Hoya wrote in a post on X (formerly Twitter). “I am hopeful that we promoters can use this unfortunate situation to put our differences aside and start working together more often to help make more of the bigger fights and grow our sport.”

But Crawford was not exactly a fan of the Hall of Famer's response as it seemed to minimize the involvement of the fighter.

“Respectfully @OscarDeLaHoya if the boxers aren’t at the table, it isn’t going to work,” Crawford retorted.”

De La Hoya answered back, saying fighters needed to focus on fighting while their handlers conducted their business for them.

“Respectfully @terencecrawford I disagree, fighters should hire smart competent representation that will lookout for the best interest of his client and fighters should worry about the small window of opportunity they have to fight as many times as they can in their short careers,” De La Hoya wrote.

Crawford fired back, contending that the usual business dynamics in boxing, with promoters and managers handling the business side, needed to be discarded in favor of one that enabled fighters to be part of those discussions.

“This is EXACTLY the point,” Crawford wrote. “I say we need boxers at the table and @OscarDeLaHoya says sit down and shut up. U really think we better if yall keep running things. U don’t get it. We need to do things different, like other sports. We have the power and y'all can’t keep us from using it.”

Sean Nam is the author of Murder on Federal Street: Tyrone Everett, the Black Mafia, and the Last Golden Age of Philadelphia Boxing.