Oscar De La Hoya Reveals Next Move After Leonard Ellerbe Dismissed Floyd Mayweather Rematch

Published 07/10/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Oscar De La Hoya weighs in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for their upcoming fight on May 5, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will meet for Mayorga’s WBC Junior Middleweight Championship tomorrow night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/WireImage)


Oscar De La Hoya has been making steady statements in the fight world over the past few weeks. This is because he’s ready to lace up the boxing gloves to fulfill his wish of fighting inside the squared circle once again. De La Hoya will face the UFC legend Vitor Belfort in an exhibition fight. However, he just doesn’t wish to limit himself to exhibition bouts.

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Instead, he is supremely keen on making a pro-boxing appearance against his long-time rival, Floyd Mayweather. However, Mayweather’s friend, Leonard Ellerbe has dismissed this contest. In a recent interview with FightHype, ‘Golden Boy’ talked about the same.

He said, “I mean then I move on, easy as that, I move on. I move to anyone the best is that at that particular moment. I want to fight the best, that’s it.”

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A few days back, De La Hoya appeared on Mike Tyson‘s podcast and revealed his wish to fight Mayweather or Canelo Alvarez in a pro-boxing bout. However, his wish to fight either of these two may remain unfulfilled. Nevertheless, ‘Golden Boy’ is optimistic about boxing against the best.

Over the past few months, De La Hoya polished up his boxing skills as a return to the game highly motivated him. He and his team were in talks with multiple boxing and combat sports personalities to stage his exhibition bout. This included the likes of Georges St-Pierre.

In the end, it was Vitor Belfort who accepted the ‘Golden Boy’ fight with open arms.

Should Oscar De La Hoya really make a comeback to the professional mix of boxing?

Oscar De La Hoya had one of the most stupendous careers in boxing. He still is regarded as one of the greats of the game.

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)

But, considering his age and inactivity in the sport, ‘Golden Boy’ should compete in exhibition fights itself. This will help the 48-year-old fulfill his love for the sport and remain active in the fabric of boxing.

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However, it’ll be intriguing to see what De La Hoya and his team come up with pertaining to his pro-boxing outing.

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Will ‘Golden Boy’ take up a professional bout?

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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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