Eddy Reynoso, manager and trainer of Mexican superstar Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, says the relationship with Golden Boy Promotions and company CEO Oscar De La Hoya was already damaged long before the legal papers began to fly.
Last week, it was revealed that Canelo had filed a lawsuit against Golden Boy, De La Hoya and streaming service DAZN - claiming breach of contract and other damages totaling $280 million.
The tension between Canelo and Golden Boy began to escalate more than a year ago - when Canelo, prior to his August 2019 clash with Sergey Kovalev, revealed that he didn't trust De La Hoya.
Canelo and De La Hoya barely spoke during the entire fight week.
The lawsuit could be the final nail in the relationship - although De La Hoya and Golden Boy would like to work things out and avoid a long legal battle.
"It would be a lie to say that we have a great relationship [with Golden Boy]. We already had some disagreements behind the scenes, there wasn't a great relationship," Reynoso told ESPN Deportes.
"I have been working with [Golden Boy] with the other boxers we have had, 'Chololo' Larios, 'Chatito' Jáuregui, and it had been a good relationship. But with Saul we have not had the best relationship in the last few fights. Sometimes there are things that do not work as one would like, but we have characterized ourselves by having discipline and doing our job.
"We want it is keep working, fighting, we have nothing against anyone, what we want is to continue the race and everything is in the hands of the lawyers. We have not fought at all this year, of course the pandemic has come, there are many things out there that have not gone as one would like, they are sensitive issues, but we are confident that everything will work out in our favor and we will continue as we have to this point."
Reynoso explains that they are ready and willing to fight anyone out there. They want all of the big names and tough opponents.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Canelo's planned fight for May was canceled. At the moment there is no telling if he'll even fight in 2020.
"We want all the fights....... there is Billy Joe Saunders, [Gennadiy] Golovkin, [Callum] Smith, [Sergiy] Derevyanchenko . I'd like him to fight Billy Joe; the WBC title [at 168] that is vacant for a unification, they will indemnify [Avni] Yildirim, who also deserves a title fight, a lot of people don't know him, but he has made his fights to be number one, there is also Caleb Plant in the IBF, we are here to fight with whoever, with whoever, it is a matter of promoters to fix themselves," Reynoso said.
"Saul is a 100% athlete, he is always in the gym , boxing regularly. If you look at him, he was doing two fights a year. And this year we have had no activity. Hopefully this year we will get a fight and if not, we'll stay in the gym to start the year off with a return to the ring. Like all athletes, inactivity affects them, but we try to make up for this inactivity in the gym... by working, learning, reviewing what Saul knows how to do."