Ray Flores Reacts To Oscar De La Hoya’s Commentary
Ray Flores has weighed in on the hoopla surrounding Oscar De La Hoya’s commentary during a Triller event.
Flores served as a play-by-play commentator for a Triller event headlined by Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren. At some point during the event, De La Hoya joined the booth. Fans noticed that the “Golden Boy” appeared to be under the influence.
Speaking to Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com, Flores gave his take on what transpired.
“Oscar was funny. He was trying to be funny, and I let him be who he is. So if he’s letting loose, he’s not fighting tomorrow, he’s not fighting a month from now – he’s fighting in July, so we are over two-and-a-half months until July. The typical training camp is about eight weeks when it comes to boxing. So if he wants to go out, if he wants to have fun, etc., etc., who am I to say, ‘No, you can’t have fun, sir. You’re a world champion. You were a Hall of Famer. You can’t have fun, Oscar.’
“No, who am I to say? I don’t care. He didn’t offer me anything. He wasn’t stumbling on me. He’s having fun. He was being open and honest, and he was actually giving some decent analysis during points of that fight.”
De La Hoya has apologized for how things came across on air. He insists that he’s in good health and is ready for his planned July 3 return to the ring.