Oscar De La Hoya was a very vocal critic of this past August’s boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, but, the retired fighter / promoter has reportedly called out the latter…
When rumors started firing around last year about the possibility of McGregor boxing, De La Hoya talked about having the UFC star fight his boxer, Canelo Alvarez. But, then McGregor was booked to box Mayweather, and De La Hoya blasted the bout, and even called on fans to protest the fight.
Well, according to a new report from The Mac Life, the legendary pugilist was a guest on Dash Radio recently, and De La Hoya said the following:
“You know I’m competitive,” De La Hoya said. “You know 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 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.”
De La Hoya also apparently conceded that McGregor would “destroy” him in the cage, which, yes, is a given. But how would he do against McGregor in the ring? At the age of 44? Does anyone in the MMA world care?
Now, the reality of this fight happening seems slim to none. UFC boss man Dana White has made it clear that the promotion wants McGregor back in the Octagon, where he hasn’t competed since last November, when he won the lightweight title off of Eddie Alvarez. So, the consensus is that McGregor will take on interim champ Tony Ferguson next. There’s also some talk about a super-fight with Georges St-Pierre, and then discussions about a third fight with Nate Diaz haven’t gone away either.
Sure, when rumors about Mayweather – McGregor first started, most folks in the MMA world scoffed at the idea it could even happen. But, McGregor lost to Mayweather, so, would the UFC, or the Irish star’s team even want to run the risk of having him lose to the older De La Hoya? In a bout that almost surely would draw considerably less?