Former Rival Calls Out Floyd Mayweather After Having a Few Drinks

Published 10/08/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN – NOVEMBER 05: Floyd Mayweather Jr. attends the press conference to announce the match on December 31 at Roppongi Hills club on November 5, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)


Floyd Mayweather is the greatest boxer in the modern era. In his stellar career, he battled umpteen stalwarts, none of whom could break into his defensive fight style. Right from his first fight to his last, Mayweather stayed right on top of his game. Even in his retirement, he still shows a snippet of the same in his exhibition outings.

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Hence, he still garners call-outs from some of the most elite names in the sport. Recently, he received a challenge from Oscar De La Hoya.

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‘Golden Boy’ said, “I’ve had a few drinks. Let’s be real here. It’s 1 o’clock, okay, a couple of beers, so what?”

“But it’s going to be a boxer and the top of the top elite. If anybody followed my career here, you always know that I fought the best. That’s all I have to say. And who’s the best? Floyd Mayweather.” (h/t World Boxing News)

De La Hoya, over the past few months, has remained extremely active with his boxing regimes. After having re-ignited his desire for a professional return, he even secured a professional bout last month. He was all set to enter the ring on September 11 to fight Vitor Belfort.

Unfortunately, as ‘Golden Boy’ tested positive for Covid-19, he had to withdraw from the fight. However, he’s keen on coming back and fighting the ultimate star, Floyd Mayweather.

Will Floyd Mayweather really offer a fight to Oscar De La Hoya?

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Oscar De La Hoya is desperate to lock horns with Mayweather. A few days back, he even claimed he would offer ‘TBE’ a whopping $100 million for the fight.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 02: Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a left at Manny Pacquiao during their welterweight unification championship bout on May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Mayweather hasn’t responded to these callouts yet, and it’s unlikely that he will accept a professional bout. This is because he can secure huge paydays in exhibitions if he ever has the urge to box. Furthermore, he has multiple business ventures that ensure that he always has money coming in.

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What do you make of De La Hoya’s comments? Do you think Mayweather will fight him? Could he make an exhibition counteroffer?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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