De La Hoya Recalls Almost Teaming With Mayweather’s Father Against Him
There has been a story going around for some time that Oscar De La Hoya almost enlisted the services of Floyd Mayweather Sr. to take on his son. De La Hoya has since confirmed the story, in his own words.
“That was actually very true,” De La Hoya stated on CBS Sports’ State Of Combat” podcast, via Boxing Scene. “We didn’t come to terms with the money, and that’s what derailed our plan. But Floyd Sr. was willing to train me to beat his son.”
Mayweather Sr. trained De La Hoya (39-6) from 2001-2006. During that time, De La Hoya won the WBC, WBA, IBA, and lineal Light-Middleweight Titles, as well as the WBO Middleweight Title. The elder Mayweather initially trained his son Floyd (50-0) in the late ’90s but was let go in favor of uncle Roger Mayweather.
In 2007, Mayweather Jr. and De La Hoya were set to face off. Mayweather Sr. wanted a $2 million fee to work with him. De La Hoya decided not to use his services, instead using Freddie Roach. De La Hoya lost the bout after the Mayweather’s were united once again. In a back and forth affair, Floyd Jr. won via split decision. After being left behind again by his son, Mayweather Sr. was going to team with De la Hoya again for the rematch, but it never came to be.
De La Hoya requested his services one last time in a bout against Steve Forbes, where he won via unanimous decision. “The Golden Boy” had an idea of why they worked so well together, garnering wins over some of the best in boxing.
“He didn’t take no sh*t from me,” De La Hoya went on to say. “Mayweather Sr. would tell me in my face, directly, like, ‘You’re gonna do this. You’re gonna do that. If you don’t wanna do it, then I’m out of here.’ And I respected him. And that’s who Floyd Mayweather Sr. was.”
Mayweather Sr. also worked with Ricky Hatton, Chad Dawson, Joan Guzman, and Laila Ali. If something ended up happening with De La Hoya and Mayweather Sr. during that 2007 match with his son, it would have garnered headlines from all over.