Love him or loath him, Oscar De La Hoya was one of the best boxers in the world during his heyday. The Mexican-American icon was a six-weight champion as well as an Olympic gold medallist. Now he’s one of the biggest boxing promoters in the world.
Goldenboy Promotions represent the likes of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. They forged a massive contract with streaming network DAZN to exclusively show their fights. In short, De La Hoya is a canny operator as the face of his organization.
But he still believes that he can win in the ring. In fact, he gave his two cents about a potential boxing match with Conor McGregor. Yes, the same Conor McGregor who is a grand 17 years younger than him. You can probably see where this is going.
MMA Mania asked him how long a boxing match against the Irishman would last. ‘Golden Boy’ was emphatic. He believes that he would crush the Irishman. Maybe ten years ago before all of the partying and fine Mexican cuisine. Oh and the fact that he’s pushing 50.
“Two rounds,” De La Hoya said. “Come on, brother. Two rounds! Because one thing about me: I went for the kill always. And look, Conor McGregor, I love him in the Octagon, I respect him, I watch him all the time, but the boxing ring is a whole different story. A whole different story.
This isn’t the first time De La Hoya has made this claim. He said the same thing after Floyd Mayweather beat McGregor in 2017. In short, he didn’t give the Irishman a chance. But is it too late now?
“You know I still have it in me. I’ve been secretly training,” De La Hoya said back then (h/t Uproxx). “Secretly training. I’m faster than ever, and stronger than ever. I know I could take out Conor McGregor in two rounds. I’ll come back for that fight. Two rounds. Just one more. I’m calling him out. Two rounds. That’s all I need. That’s all I’m going to say.”
Meanwhile, he had kind words to say about Dana White. The UFC President has gone crazy trying to get events off the ground. However, state athletic commissions have been resistant because of the current health crisis. But he’s finally going to get UFC 249 underway in Jacksonville, Florida. Because Florida. You’ve got to love it even if you hate it. De La Hoya does anyway.
“I commend and respect Dana,” De La Hoya said. “We did have our differences. When I wanted to get involved with the MMA, I did Chuck Liddell (vs.) Tito Ortiz. It was a huge success. I dipped my toes into the water, and I experienced it. It was actually wonderful. I love the MMA.
“Dana came out and criticized me and ridiculed me and all that stuff. You know what? Dana is doing a phenomenal job in defending his sport, growing his sport, and he’s doing it big. He’s doing it great, man. I commend him.”