Bernard Hopkins Thinks Oscar De La Hoya Can Defeat ‘Declining’ GGG
Boxing legend Bernard Hopkins believes Oscar De La Hoya could pull off a massive upset against Gennady Golovkin.
De La Hoya hasn’t competed inside the ring since December 2008. “The Golden Boy” retired after being stopped by Manny Pacquiao in a one-sided affair. Recently, De La Hoya has revealed that he’s looking to make a comeback at the age of 47. He also isn’t talking about exhibition bouts as “The Golden Boy” wants to share the ring with elite opposition.
Hopkins, who is a partner with Golden Boy Promotions, told Fight Hub TV that he believes De La Hoya would defeat GGG (h/t Bad Left Hook).
“Why do I understand why Oscar believes and knows that he can beat GGG? Because GGG declines every year. What he has left is always his punch. You take that away — even though it’s still swimming in shark water, until the bell rings and it’s the 12th round and it’s over with. If Oscar was gonna come back and I had a say in it…I would take GGG.
“GGG always had and always will have a punch. That is declining, even in the win recently. Don’t let that fight fool you…it don’t fool these eyes. GGG is a Hall of Famer by no doubt, he earned his position…but a smart (De La Hoya), seen every style, been in there with better talent, that can pick the lock and systematically knowing that if he has the right plan, the right condition with all his experience, Oscar wins by unanimous decision.”