Oscar De La Hoya Does Not Bill Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul “A Real Boxing” Match

Published 04/26/2021, 8:00 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)


Oscar De La Hoya has always appeared to be a fan of exhibition bouts. However, he has categorized it to be different from what he calls “real boxing”. The Golden Boy Promoter has a roster full of active boxers, and he doesn’t put them in a similar bracket with celebrity boxers or retired elites.

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Hence, he didn’t bill Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul as an actual form of the sport. Although he didn’t evoke any dissent over his former rival, De La Hoya stated why he separates YouTube boxing from the actual fights.

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Speaking with ESNEWS, the former world champion said, “Yeah, look, it’s entertainment I guess. I think when [Mike] Tyson fought the exhibition, okay? I think it’s categorized as entertainment. There’s boxing here, real boxing, amazing fighters, and then you have entertainment. Look, people want to be entertained these days.”

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Meanwhile, 48-year-old Oscar De La Hoya has planned to lace up the boxing gloves and return to the squared circle. He has already announced his comeback officially and is now waiting for a viable contender.

As exhibition bouts bring a lot of attention and lucrative paychecks, several former boxers like Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather have opted to enter the fray. And looking at the ongoing scenario, it seems right for them to do so.

Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, and so many more on the list

Tracing it back to 2017, Floyd Mayweather infused the idea of major crossovers by facing UFC star Conor McGregor. The idea saw several UFC-boxing crossovers happen in recent times. Meanwhile, former champions like Mike Tyson, Roy Jones Jr, Evander Holyfield, and many more pugilists have also come out of retirement. Furthermore, the concept of celebrity boxers has emerged.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 28: Roy Jones Jr. (L) and Mike Tyson celebrate their split draw during Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. presented by Triller at Staples Center on November 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Triller)

So boxing has seen some radical changes in its structure. While many fans have hailed it, a major portion has demeaned this new wave of boxing events.

Meanwhile, the exhibition bouts will only grow in the future as legends will continue to return. Mayweather vs Logan Paul will reportedly take place on June 5 and will clash with Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos Jr. matchup on Triller.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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