Mayweather Claims De La Hoya Is Jealous
Floyd Mayweather Jr. continued his war of words with Oscar De La Hoya during an interview with FightHype.com. Mayweather claimed superiority over De La Hoya as an attraction and as a fighter, as well claiming that De La Hoya “is so f***ing jealous” of him that “it’s a shame.”
Mayweather went after De La Hoya while discussing what he thinks could’ve been his first pay-per-view appearance while working with former promoter Top Rank Inc prior to his first pay-per-view headliner against the late Arturo Gatti in June 2005.
“I think that my first fight, even small fight, on pay-per-view could’ve been against Diego Corrales [in January 2001] or even Angel Manfredy [in December 1998],” Mayweather said.
“Small pay-per-view. Small pay-per-view. [Top Rank] believed in Oscar De La Hoya. They believed in Oscar De La Hoya, a guy who right now is so f***ing jealous of me it’s a shame. So f***ing jealous of me.”
In 2005 when Mayweather beat Gatti in Atlantic City, De La Hoya was boxing’s biggest non-heavyweight pay-per-view star. Mayweather arguably became the top boxer/money drawwhen he defeated De La Hoya by split decision in May 2007.
The Grand Rapids, Michigian, native went on to become the highest-paid fighter in boxing history. His victories over Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor combined to draw nearly nine million pay-per-view buys and earned him in excess of $500 million.
“He didn’t make more money than me,” Mayweather said of De La Hoya.
“He wasn’t a better fighter than me. His offense wasn’t like mine, his defense wasn’t like mine, his chin wasn’t like mine. I’ve never been a quitter and I would never be a quitter. I had a great chin. I could fight on the inside, I could fight on the outside, I can counter-punch and I can bang. I proved that.”
“My body broke down over 10 years ago and I still found ways to beat future Hall-of-Famers because that’s how my mental game is. My mental game is so crazy, I still find different ways to win. Never cried or complained.”
Mayweather also dismissed the notion that De La Hoya did enough to beat him in their fight nearly 11 years ago at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“They said, ‘Oh, this guy [De La Hoya] beat Floyd Mayweather,’ ” Mayweather said.
“You feel he beat me because he hit me with a few good shots four out of 12 rounds? Or he put up three good rounds out of 12 rounds? Let’s run it back. No excuses. Just run it back.”
The 40-year-old Mayweather wasn’t suggesting that he and the 44-year-old De La Hoya fight again now.