Oscar De La Hoya Hoping to Fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. Again: ‘A Mayweather Fight Would Be Massive’

Published 03/25/2021, 2:00 PM EDT


The ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar De La Hoya has expressed his eagerness to storm back to the boxing ring. The veteran wishes to lace up the boxing gloves professionally after a gigantic 13-year layoff. De La Hoya worked as a promoter after hanging up his gloves, but he isn’t really impressed with that role. That said, ‘Golden Boy’ now has his eyes keenly set on his return and he wants to take on his long-time rival Floyd Mayweather.

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Recently, De La Hoya spoke to DAZN on his current training routine and targeting a fight with ‘Money’ Mayweather.

He said, “I’ve been training for quite a while now, and I actually sparred the other day, and I didn’t know I was that good?”

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I forgot how good I was. There’s something there, I want to keep sparring, keep training. I want to see how my body holds up.”

“We all know that a Mayweather fight would be massive,” he concluded.

De La Hoya has already engaged in rigorous workout sessions. Also, he credited Mike Tyson for inspiring him to pull up his socks and prepare for an enigmatic return.

The 48-year-old last stepped inside the boxing ring in 2008 against Manny Pacquiao. Though he ended up on the losing vertical, this fight predominantly went into the history books as a passing of the torch from one boxing great to another.

Moving ahead, De La Hoya is excited to begin a new run in the sport again and challenge Floyd Mayweather, with whom he rolled out an enthralling fight in 2007.

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Will Floyd Mayweather really come out of retirement to face Oscar De La Hoya?

Floyd Mayweather hung up his gloves from pro-boxing in 2017. A year later he even stepped inside the squared circle to confront Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition contest.

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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)

In fact, he was all set to take on the YouTuber turned boxer, Logan Paul, in an exhibition clash last month. Mayweather is interested in competing in exhibition bouts, but the same cannot be said for professional boxing bouts.

Considering the same, it seems De La Hoya’s dream to rematch Mayweather won’t come to life. However, if not ‘Pretty Boy’, De La Hoya will have various other opponents to battle out and find out if he has still gotten it.

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Do you envision Mayweather vs De La Hoya 2 happening anytime soon?

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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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