Oscar De La Hoya wants a piece of Conor McGregor in the boxing ring.
The boxing statesman may be 44, but he's convinced he's in good enough shape to take out the UFC champ in two rounds. He made the surprising statements during a DashRadio interview (via The Mac Life).
“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."
Asked if he was planning on coming out of retirement, De La Hoya specified it would only be for McGregor.
“Just one more. I’m calling him out. Two rounds. That’s all I need. That’s all I’m going to say.”
Things between Oscar and Conor devolved quickly once the hypothetical Mayweather vs. McGregor fight turned into a reality and became competition for a Canelo vs. Golovkin fight promoted by De La Hoya's Golden Boy Productions. De La Hoya called the match a circus and urged boxing fans to boycott the fight. Dana White responded by calling Oscar a coke snorting jerk, and things only got worse from there.
While there's a clear desire from MMA fans for Conor to ditch all the boxing nonsense and get back to the MMA cage where he does his best work, there's no doubt a fight between McGregor and De La Hoya would sell millions of pay-per-views and made McGregor more money than anything on the table from the UFC right now.
UFC president Dana White has been pretty firm on the idea that McGregor will face interim champ Tony Ferguson next, but his last fight sold only 120,000 PPV units. In comparison, McGregor's fight with Eddie Alvarez at UFC sold an estimated 1.3 million buys.
Dana White hasn't seemed all that worried about getting McGregor back into the Octagon, despite the fact that UFC payouts are much smaller than those at the top of boxing.
"If our fights do what the buys did here tonight and the gate, we'll all be good," he said after the Mayweather fight. "Nobody will be bitching about anything."
But at this point, no deal has been reached to get McGregor to UFC 219. And now there's this Oscar De La Hoya distraction, which could pull Conor back into the boxing ring.
What do you think, Maniacs? Excited, or exhausted by all this boxing talk?
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