Originally Posted by purephase
It's pretty questionable HBO would continue guaranteeing Gamboa dates regardless of opponent once the Lopez cake blew up. There's also of course the fact that Top Rank wasn't interesting in putting Garcia in with him, therefore leaving the company empty-handed around his actual weight class and forcing the dumb Rios fight later. And of course, TV dates ≠ following; Gamboa may have had the former but has never had the latter.
HBO dates >> whatever following a guy like PDL has. In terms of money, prestige, future opportunities...
And no doubt HBO is onboard the Gamboa train, he wasn't riding Lopez, much less Garcia's coattails. Of course, it's not something he cant screw up if he's dumb enough