De La Hoya to Floyd: Fight Canelo at 160
Golden Boy Promotions boss Oscar De La Hoya has no stake in the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and MMA star Conor McGregor, but he’s chimed in with his opinion on the prospective fight nonetheless.
According to De La Hoya, a boxing match between Mayweather and McGregor would be "a disrespect" to boxing.
“Two different sports, two different sports," De La Hoya said to Fight Hype while in attendance for Jorge Linares’s win over Anthony Crolla on Saturday. "To me it’ll be a disrespect for boxing if you have a UFC fighter, who has zero experience in boxing, came and fought Floyd Mayweather. And if Floyd Mayweather went and fought McGregor in the octagon it would be a disrespect to the octagon…If both guys fought each other in the ring then Floyd would win easily. If they fought in the octagon, McGregor would win hands down. It’s no contest, I mean he would choke him out or do something, you know, which Floyd is not used to.
“It’s just two different sports. I mean I would never, ever, can see the UFC letting their biggest star fight inside the ring with Floyd because obviously he would get embarrassed. I mean Floyd would outbox him easily so, it just would never happen.”
While recent reports have proved that Mayweather vs. McGregor is inching closer to being a reality rather than a hypothetical super-fight, De La Hoya believes the UFC may not want to let their top star get embarrassed in a boxing sideshow.
“Well, I mean, there is a lot of money but there’s more money involved when you’re an entity like the UFC who was just bought for $4.6 billion dollars, and risking you’re biggest star to a boxer like Floyd and being ridiculed inside the ring is not worth it so…There’s more money at stake letting them risk their biggest star fight against Floyd – it would be disastrous for the UFC so I don’t see it happening.”
Now, that doesn’t mean that De La Hoya doesn’t support the currently "retired" Mayweather coming back to the sport of boxing. But rather than fight an MMA fighter with no professional boxing experience, De La Hoya would rather see Floyd rematch Golden Boy’s top star.
"Sure, why not," De La Hoya said about a potential Mayweather comeback. "And face Canelo at 160."
Mayweather is the only fighter to defeat Canelo professionally, having bested the young Mexican power-puncher back in 2013. Since then, Canelo has ascended to being the top pay-per-view draw in the sport.