Mayweather Claims To Have Carried McGregor In Fight
Floyd Mayweather Jr. took aim at rival and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya in a video last week, regarding De La Hoya angling for a fight with Conor McGregor.
Mayweather, who won a close decision over De La Hoya in May of 2007, was not happy with the possible hypocrisy of De La Hoya’s recent challenge to McGregor.
Back in August, Mayweather pressed pause on a two year retirement to score a tenth round stoppage of McGregor, who was making his professional debut as a boxer.
De La Hoya was one of the biggest critics of the match, going as far as to write an open letter where he urged fans to stray away from purchasing the pay-per-view. He felt the contest would damage boxing beyond repair.
The contest did the opposite, as it generated some huge business with 4 million pay-per-view buys – the second high PPV buyrate in history, with only Mayweather’s 2015 clash with Manny Pacquiao claiming the top spot.
De La Hoya surprised nearly everyone in boxing, when he appeared on an audio show last month and said he was willing to come out of retirement, to fight for the first time since 2008 to fight McGregor.
“Wasn’t Oscar De La Hoya the same one that was talking about me fighting Conor McGregor and he was trying to protest and stop the fight? Now he’s trying to fight Conor McGregor. Is he a hypocrite or is he back on coke again? Man that boy still snorting them lines,” Mayweather said.
De La Hoya stepped away from his position over the weekend, telling media members that he wasn’t going to unretire.
McGregor did very well in the early rounds against Mayweather, even winning the first three to four rounds on many scorecards. Eventually he was broken down and gassed out as Mayweather stopped him.
Many claim that Mayweather carried McGregor to make it a more “fan-friendly” fight for the live audience and the millions who purchased the pay-per-view – and now Mayweather says that’s exactly what he did.
“Everybody is trying to protest the Mayweather-McGregor fight but I’m going to tell y’all the truth. You know I carried McGregor. You know I made it look good for y’all,” Mayweather said.