UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor continues to give boxing legends the itch to step back into the ring - all because they want in on the much-discussed "money fight."
Recently undefeated boxing great Floyd Mayweather decided to come out of retirement for a mega-fight against McGregor in which the pair met this past August in the T-Mobile Arena. Mayweather won the bout via 10th round TKO after getting barraged with a plethora of unanswered strikes. Despite the loss, McGregor left the door open for a possible return to boxing down the road.
It looks like Golden Boy Promotions frontmen Oscar De La Hoya could be walking through that open door. Now that De La Hoya's fighting career is over he has been managing the next great boxing superstar in Canelo Alvarez, but it seems he has been giving some thought to possibly returning to the ring.
ESPN reports that De La Hoya revealed he has been secretly training for a return to the ring and issued a callout to McGregor for the event (quotes via ESPN):
"You know I'm competitive," De La Hoya said. "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.
"Let's get it straight: In the cage, he would freaking destroy me. He would freaking destroy me. Only in the ring," De La Hoya said.
"I've been working out for the last five months. [My confidence] is how I feel now from my training. I don't know what it is, but I'll tell you now that I've never felt so good before in my life.
"Every day just keeps getting better. Life is good," De La Hoya said. "Life is a struggle; life is hard.
"It's not all peaches and cream, but life is life and you have to think about the solution of what you have to do to keep walking."
What are your thoughts on De La Hoya considering coming out of retirement to possibly fight UFC champ Conor McGregor? Who do you think would win the potential match-up inside the squared circle? And would this be a good move for either man to make at this point in their fighting careers? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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