“He Is Not a Mayweather”- Henry Cejudo Backs Oscar De La Hoya to Beat Conor McGregor in Boxing

Published 06/30/2021, 1:34 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, CA – OCTOBER 06: Conor McGregor sits on the canvas after being submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov during UFC 229 lightweight championship match at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Friday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Digital First Media/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)


While Oscar De La Hoya has confirmed his return against former UFC fighter Vitor Belfort, several more names are popping up on his radar. Although Conor McGregor doesn’t seem a viable contender in that race, ‘Golden Boy’ vs ‘Notorious’ would still be a great fight.

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That said, Cejudo has favored 48-year-old De La Hoya to claim an easy win over McGregor, if that fight ever takes place. Although it may seem bizarre to several people, ‘Triple C’ didn’t hesitate while predicting the result of this potential showdown.

In the backstage of Mike Tyson’s Hotboxin’ podcast, Henry Cejudo said, “Oscar would put him [Conor McGregor] away. He is a killer man. He is not a Mayweather, he is not a defensive guy. If he wants to fight Conor in boxing, Conor wouldn’t last a minute. Left hook, jab.”

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Oscar De La Hoya appeared to agree with those claims. However, he didn’t show eagerness in making this bout happen. Moreover, the boxer turned promoter didn’t trash talk Conor McGregor. While ‘Notorious’ now seems focused on his UFC career, a boxing scrap against De La Hoya looks irrelevant. But we can see it happen in the future.

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Following a return against Belfort, we can expect De La Hoya to accept a few more bouts ahead. This gives a lifeline to several possible crossovers between ‘Golden Boy’ and UFC veterans. That said, it might be a new chapter in Oscar De La Hoya’s career.

What will suit Oscar De La Hoya ahead?

Although De La Hoya is currently focused on Belfort, he has already chalked up a few plans for the future. After he fights ‘The Phenom’, De La Hoya has expressed interest in re-matching Floyd Mayweather. He is also keen on boxing Anderson Silva. All these fights can be massive. However, they are far from becoming official.

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UFC fighters crossing over to the boxing world has become common in recent times. As the trend continues to become mainstream, Oscar De La Hoya may not struggle to find viable names for his in-ring appearances. Hence, we can expect a lot in store for the future.

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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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