This past week has a theme of potential comebacks. Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield are looking to get back in the boxing ring for exhibition bouts. A decade after he competed in the ring, Oscar De La Hoya has been teasing to do the same. This time, however, he may have a challenge in Conor McGregor.
Recently, De La Hoya (39-6) called out McGregor on CBS Sports’ State of Combat podcast. He believes he can easily take out the UFC star, who fought in a boxing ring once to take on Floyd Mayweather.
“Two rounds,” De La Hoya stated, regarding how long it would take. “Oh come on, brother. Two rounds. One thing about me is I went for the kill, always. Look, Conor McGregor — I love him in the Octagon, I respect him, I watch him all the time. But the boxing ring is a whole different story, it’s a whole different story.”
De La Hoya last fought in 2008, losing to Manny Pacquiao. A WBC, WBO, IBF, WBA, and lineal Light-Middleweight Champion, De La Hoya has faced some of the best in boxing. That includes Julio Cesar Chavez, Arturo Gatti, Pacquiao, Mayweather, Shane Mosley, Felix Trinidad, and Steve Forbes. Since retiring, he has spent his time focusing on heading Golden Boy Promotions.
McGregor (22-4) has since responded to De La Hoya. At first, he sent and deleted several tweets talking about De La Hoya’s history. He then accepted the challenge with one simple tweet.
I accept your challenge, Oscar de la Hoya.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 7, 2020
McGregor ended up making over $100 million for facing Mayweather. He ended up losing the bout in the tenth round via TKO. Since then, he has expressed a desire to return to the ring, whether it be a rematch with Mayweather or a bout with Pacquiao. It is part of his plan that includes winning UFC gold once again.
Would you like to see a bout between McGregor and De La Hoya?