Oscar De La Hoya Claims Rematch With Floyd Mayweather Will Outdo Mayweather-McGregor

Published 07/12/2021, 6:02 AM EDT
HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 09: Boxer Oscar De La Hoya arrives at the World Premiere of Disney’s ‘McFarland, USA’ at the El Capitan Theatre on February 9, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)


Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya is one of the few names from the past that have shown interest in picking up the boxing gloves once again. De La Hoya, who has been outspoken about his plans with his comeback, is all set to return to action in September. He will fight UFC veteran Vitor Belfort.

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‘Golden Boy’ doesn’t plan to restrict his plans of a comeback to the Belfort fight though. Looking past Belfort, De La Hoya plans to compete again in 2021, targeting a fight against ‘Spider’ Anderson Silva.

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The 48-year-old also plans to compete against his long-time nemesis, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, in 2022. Speaking with The Athletic, De La Hoya expressed that a rematch would be one of the biggest fights in the sport’s history. 

 

“I think we can outdo (the 4 million who bought) Mayweather-Conor McGregor because of the whole rivalry we’ve had over the years and the fact that people know it will be a real fight. We’ll make it an event. Triller knows how to put these fights together. It will be unreal. It will be absurd,” ‘The Golden Boy’ said.

Oscar De La Hoya is confident in his abilities ahead of his scheduled return

De La Hoya says that their rivalry is the one thing that will contribute to the rematch’s magnitude. From his point of view, the old school boxers are levels apart from the boxers of this generation.

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He feels that the supremacy of the boxers of yesterday could still see them reign on top in the professional rankings if they decide to come back. De La Hoya opines that hardcore training under coaches like Floyd Mayweather Sr. is what has made fighters like him durable.

Shane Mosley, blue trunks, fights Oscar De La Hoya, black trunks, during a 12-round WBC/WBA Super Welterweight Championship bout (154lbs) held a the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday September 13, 2003. Shane Mosely wins by unanimous decision. (Photo by Chris Polk/Getty Images)

When I trained under Floyd Sr., he taught me not to be a diva. That’s the best thing he ever taught me: “Get up. Run. You have money? Who gives a sh*t? Get up and run.” Running 10 miles on pavement in boots … that’s what it takes. He was the one who brought the best out of me. And you know what’s happening now? Us legends are seeing the level of competition, except for a few, is not as high as ours was. We fought really hard. Fighters like (Marco Antonio) Barrera, (Erik) Morales … if we get in shape, we can beat anybody, a champion,” he said.

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’The Golden Boy’ added that the world could see an improved version of him come September. He said, “I can do this easy. I can take this fight, no problem. I’m full steam ahead on this, and the way I see it is I’ve had 14 years to rest my body. The speed of my jab is stronger than ever. As long as I have the conditioning, I’m going to be pretty dangerous.” 

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Do you think a rematch between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather can be on the cards soon? If yes, how do you think it will play out? Let us know.

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Akshit Pushkarna

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Akshit Pushkarna, who has a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication, is an MMA writer for EssentiallySports. Before his current role, Akshit worked on the Urban Development beat at the Urban Update magazine. However, combat sports always called out to Akshit, who pursued both boxing and wrestling at a regional level before shifting his focus to MMA journalism.

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