Oscar De La Hoya Targeting a Floyd Mayweather Rematch After Two Tune-Up Fights

Published 06/10/2021, 9:22 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 13: Oscar De La Hoya speaking to the media during the CANELO VS. ROCKY Final Press Conference at Madison Square Garden Dcember 13, 2018 in New York City . (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)


Oscar De La Hoya is easily one of the best boxers of his generation. The former six-weight world champion has since announced he will return to the ring at 47. And now, ‘The Golden Boy’ has teased a blockbuster rematch against his arch-nemesis Floyd Mayweather.

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De La Hoya revealed he would return to the ring on July 3. However, struggles with finding an opponent meant De La Hoya had to reschedule his return. He has now revealed his next fight timeline and teased a bout with ‘Money Mayweather.’

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 06: Floyd Mayweather listens at a press conference ahead of his upcoming fight with Andre Berto at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on August 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The 39-6 pro boxer spoke to Triller CEO Ryan Kavanaugh on an Instagram Livestream. Kavanaugh revealed that De La Hoya would fight in September. As a result, this confirmed that the July date was off. However, they mentioned nothing about a new opponent and confirmed they would try to get Georges St-Pierre again.

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Meanwhile, De La Hoya dropped a bombshell. While talking about the recently concluded Mayweather vs. Logan Paul exhibition, he said, “I’ll tell you one thing, bro. Let me get, let me get like, two fights in, you know. And then you watch. I can f***ing call out Mayweather. You watch.” He then added, “In a f***ing real fight, bro.”

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Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather: The history

The comments from De La Hoya showed how badly he wants to settle the scores with Mayweather. Furthermore, he confirmed it would not be an exhibition but a professional bout. However, this will not happen anytime soon. So, let’s look back at the history between the two.

Mayweather faced De La Hoya in 2007 in what was a high-profile bout. Weeks of trash-talking and intense promotion promised an exciting fight. On fight night, Mayweather walked out with his famous costume and Sombrero in the Mexican colors.

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)

The bout lived up to expectations, and both fighters went at it for 12 rounds. After neither fighter could get the stoppage, the fight went to the scorecards, and Mayweather pipped him to a split decision.

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Therefore, there is some unsolved rivalry between the two. And evidently, De La Hoya wants to settle the scores. Only time will tell if this really happens and if it would be a professional bout.

What do you make of these comments from Oscar De La Hoya? Do you think the former champion should face Floyd Mayweather?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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