“It’s Sugar Ray Leonard”- Georges St-Pierre Picks 2 Boxing Legends As His All-Time Favorites

Published 08/19/2021, 9:42 AM EDT
NEWARK, NJ – MARCH 27: UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre (L) battles Dan Hardy (R) during their Welterweight title bout at UFC 111 at the Prudential Center on March 27, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. St-Pierre won by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of the 5th round. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Zuffa, LLC via Getty Images)


Former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion, Georges St-Pierre appeared at The MMA Hour show recently for a chat with Ariel Helwani. There were recent rumors that ‘Rush’ might step into the boxing ring and fight Oscar De La Hoya. However, that fight never actually materialized.

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It was a surprise for many to hear that GSP will try boxing, that too, against a formidable name like De La Hoya. The Canadian belongs to the Mount Rushmore of the greatest MMA fighters of all time. So, he would have put a fair chunk of legacy on the line with that move.

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St-Pierre revealed the two boxers he had admired and are his all-time favorites. Well, the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard is his all-time favorite. And his second pick is Oscar De La Hoya, the man he was supposed to fight.

Now that was not something that was on my mind at all I, you know, is just my favorite boxer in the world. Number one, it’s Sugar Rey Leonard and my second favorite boxer in the world is Oscar De La Hoya,” said St-Pierre when asked why he wanted to try out boxing.

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)

yeah, so so if let’s say I want I’m going to get older, I can look back at my life and saying I was champion in mixed martial art and add that I had the opportunity to box against Oscar de la Hoya in a novelty fight,” he added further.

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Will Georges St-Pierre ever return to fighting?

There were suggestions that the UFC legend might return to the Octagon one final time to take on Khabib Nurmagomedov. But, with ‘The Eagle’ retired, those possibilities evaporated.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Georges St-Pierre of Canada prepares to enter the Octagon prior to facing Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event inside Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

GSP has left behind an immense legacy, which is why many want to see him fight again. However, it seems like those wishes have to remain unfulfilled.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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