Golden Boy Promotions chief Oscar De La Hoya has declared a surprise interest in joining forces with former bitter enemy Floyd Mayweather to buy the LA Clippers, insisting that two of boxing's biggest ever box-office stars are a perfect fit for the NBA.
With disgraces Clippers owner Donald Sterling facing massive pressure to sell up after being issued with a life ban and $2.5m fine the clamour to buy LA's in-form basketball team is on, a race Mayweather openly admitted he wants to enter earlier this week.
De La Hoya already has a stake in Major League Soccer franchise Houston Dynamo alongside owning one of two boxing companies which enjoy a duopoly across the sport's pay-per-view market, and believes an unlikely cartel involving him and Mayweather would help the Clippers improve their tarnished image.
When quizzed about the Clippers the former fight superstar told USA Today: "When it comes to business, what better than two minorities? The commissioner wanted to see more minority ownership in the NBA.
"If he wants more minorities involved in the NBA, what better than me and Floyd to be part of a potential ownership group?
"I love Los Angeles and I am the face of Los Angeles, and what's better than to be part of that ownership group of the Los Angeles Clippers. Los Angeles is my home. I was born and raised here and it would be an honor to be part of the ownership group."
"I have a substantial piece of the Dynamo, and a substantial piece, a majority ownership in Golden Boy," De La Hoya said. "It would be a perfect trifecta to be involved with the Clippers.
"I love sports, and soccer, boxing and basketball are my three passions."
Sterling could put NBA chiefs in a very difficult position by stubbornly refusing to sell up despite interest from Mayweather, De La Hoya and elsewhere, with the 80-year-old under no obligation to let his grip on the Clippers despite a widespread fan backlash and life ban from attending all official league activities.
Mayweahter, De La Hoya and other prospective buyers will have to play the long game in their effort to join the NBA, but have the financial clout to make it happen if Sterling does change his current stance.
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