Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya, at 44 years old and after a nine year layoff is very confident that he’s physically capable to make a returning to the ring against UFC superstar Conor McGregor.
De La Hoya stunned everyone this week, when he revealed that he’s been secretly training for the last few months for a potential ring return – and he wants McGregor.
In an interview with ESPN Deportes, De La Hoya called what round he’d defeat McGregor.
“All I need is two rounds – one to warm up and the other to knock McGregor out.”
De La Hoya, 1992 Olympic gold medalist and an eight time world champion seems to not hurting for money, so why return to the ring?
“It’s something I’m very serious about, I’m very serious. Nobody knows that I’ve already have four months of training and I feel better than ever, I feel very good, and if I can fight with McGregor then that’s good. And if I don’t [fight McGregor], then nothing would happen.”
De La Hoya makes it clear that he won’t chase McGregor for a fight. He put down the challenge and now the ball is in McGregor’s court.
“There is nothing signed yet, there is no date. I simply told him – I challenge you … and he has not answered yet, he has not responded and I will not chase him, because I don’t need anything.”
McGregor, a two division champion in the UFC, made his boxing debut back in August, when he stepped in the ring with five division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.