Six months ago, Oscar De La Hoya called the then-upcoming bout between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather “disrespectful,” a “circus,” and a “farce.” Now, perhaps after seeing Mayweather collect an insane rumored $200 million for the fight, the former boxing champ is ready to get into the ring with McGregor too.
“You know I’m competitive,” De La Hoya said on Golden Boy Radio with Tattoo and the Crew on Monday. “I still have it in me. I’ve been secretly training, secretly training. I’m faster than ever and stronger than ever. I know I can take out Conor McGregor in two rounds. I’ll come back for that fight. Two rounds. Just one more [fight]. I’m calling him out. Two rounds, that’s all I need. That’s all I’m going to say. You heard it on Golden Boy Radio. Two rounds, that’s all I need.”
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) August 25, 2017
De La Hoya, 44, began his boxing career with 31 consecutive victories and held 10 titles in six different weight divisions, then a record. Three years ago, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. His last fight came in 2008, when he got pasted by Manny Pacquiao. Having lost four of his last seven fights, De La Hoya then retired with a 39-6 mark.
Mayweather–McGregor earned the second-most pay-per-view purchases of all time, second only to Pacquiao’s 2015 loss to Mayweather.
“With each passing day, it looks more and more likely that the circus known as Floyd Mayweather Vs. Conor McGregor will be coming to town in the near future,” De La Hoya wrote in May. “… But if you thought Mayweather/Pacquiao was a black eye for our sport—a matchup between two of the best pound-for-pound fighters that simply didn’t deliver—just wait until the best boxer of a generation dismantles someone who has never boxed competitively at any level—amateur or professional.
“Our sport might not ever recover.”