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Oscar De La Hoya explains his criticism of Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor

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With Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor now in the books, many people in the boxing world can now shift their focus on fights which they actually care about, such as Gennady Golovkin vs Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

That's certainly what Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions will be thinking, the former boxer and current promoter for Canelo Alvarez, as he was vocally against the Mayweather-McGregor fight from taking place before they clashed last weekend.

De La Hoya believed Money and Notorious were both disrespecting the sport of boxing by having their fight take place, and he urged fans to focus on GGG vs Canelo instead by saying in a tweet: "F*** YOU #MayweatherVsMcGregor BOTH OF YOU ARE DISRESPECTING THE SPORT OF BOXING #CaneloGGG"

This prompted a response from Dana White, who was helping promote the Mayweather-McGregor fight, and he said: "WTF?!? Is this guy snorting coke and drinking booze again??!? #OscarDeLaArum"

Speaking on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, De La Hoya said he had an emotional response in defending boxing and that’s why he fired off the tweet about the Mayweather-McGregor fight last week.

He said according to MMA Fighting: “Just trying to defend my sport. My sport gave me everything I have. My sport allowed me to win an Olympic gold medal, to win 10 world titles in six different weight classes. I've been boxing since I was 4 years old. I was a little fed up by what was taking place. Obviously, emotions run through my veins and I was just defending the sport that I dearly love.”

In response to White’s comments, the former boxer said it upset him, but it isn't going to stop him from criticising the fight.

“I just brush it off,” he said. “I never attacked him personally, whatsoever. I was obviously very disappointed by his words. But it is what it is. I'm gonna continue defending the sport of boxing, I'm gonna continue respecting the MMA. And move on to Sept. 16.”

De La Hoya was even asked if Canelo and McGregor would ever meet one another inside the ring in the future, but he said no because the Mexican would end the first within the first two rounds.

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