Oscar De La Hoya continues to talk about this bout.
Recently, Top Boxing promoters De La Hoya and Arum have gone on the attack once again against the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight, which they thought was a farce.
The boxing match between the boxing legend and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor went down in Las Vegas, Nevada and aired live on PPV (pay-per-view) for the low price of $100 for HD and $90 for SD. The fight did live up to the hype in terms of excitement but that didn’t stop the two promoters from going off on the fight.
De La Hoya has gone on record by saying that what he saw at the T Mobile Arena was a shame to all of the aspects of the fight and was a mockery of the sport of boxing. According to the former boxer, the fight contained no actual boxing.
However, De La Hoya saw something redeeming in Mayweather-McGregor after all. He admitted to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith during his radio show Tuesday that Mayweather’s technical-knockout victory over McGregor at least made more people pay attention to boxing than usual. To say that De La Hoya has been one of the harshest critics of Mayweather-McGregor would be a major understatement.
If you recall, De La Hoya went as far as to Tweet “F*** YOU #MayweatherVsMcGregor BOTH OF YOU ARE DISRESPECTING THE SPORT OF BOXING” just minutes before the two fighters weighed in for their bout.
Boxing has another big fight taking place as a middleweight title fight that will feature Gennady Golovkin versus Canelo Alvarez in three weeks. In the past, De La Hoya has billed Golovkin-Alvarez as “the real fight” since Mayweather-McGregor was announced in mid-June, which was about five weeks after they announced Golovkin-Alvarez.
“Well, I mean, look, I think the only good thing that happened with Mayweather and McGregor is that more people saw boxing,” De La Hoya told Smith. “You know? Which is great for the sport, and what I can tell those people is that, ‘Look, if you wanna see a real fight now, then tune in to September 16th.’
“I mean, the reason why I keep pushing this fight is because, like you said, this is a real fight. This is a middleweight fight that – we haven’t seen this type of a fight take place in a long time. You have two top guys, two knockout guys, they don’t know how to take a step going backwards. They’re in the best shape of their life, they’re gonna bring out the best of each other and it’s gonna be a war.”
“I’m speaking the truth,” De La Hoya said. “I laced up the gloves and I know for a fact that this is gonna be a classic. This is gonna be a – I talk to my partner, Bernard Hopkins, and he tells me, ‘Look, this is a great thing we’re doing at Golden Boy Promotions. We’re giving the fight fans the exact fight that they’ve been wanting for a while now.’ And this is exactly what boxing needs, especially after the Mayweather-McGregor fight.”