On the verge of promoting his first MMA event on November 24th, Oscar De La Hoya would take aim at rival Floyd Mayweather’s brief flirtation with the RIZIN promotion, blasting the retired fighter’s publicity stunt.
“I think he just wants attention,” De La Hoya on Monday told MMAjunkie. “That’s all it is, and Floyd is a fighter who should just stick to boxing.”
“I don’t think he’ll ever step into the cage,” De La Hoya said of Mayweather, who was set to face kickboxing prodigy Tenshin Nasukawa, but would pull out with claims that Rizin lied to him. “Making up these special rules, it’s ridiculous. If you’re going to box, then box inside the ring. If you want to become an MMA fighter, why limit yourself and set the rules so there’s no kicks or grappling?
“If you want to get involved and be in the MMA world, then do it. Don’t set the rules. I just think he should stick to boxing. That’s what he knows best. But he can’t help himself. If he ever fights a Khabib inside the octagon, c’mon, we all know what’s going to happen. That fight’s going to end in one minute – or 30 seconds.”
“Floyd is a fighter who knows how to pick and choose his opponents at the right time for his benefit,” he said. “When he fought Conor McGregor, the reason why I was hugely against it is because it was unfair to Conor. It was totally unfair to Conor McGregor. I mean, Conor is not a boxer. He’s not a boxer fighting 12 rounds, and it was totally unfair, but these are the things that Floyd does to his advantage.”
Initial Report: MMAJunkie