De La Hoya calls out McGregor, talks return

Kenny Florian

In a left field pronouncement Oscar De La Hoya, a long since retired legend, declared that he had been training in secret and wanted one last fight against UFC star Conor McGregor of all people.

The 44-year-old De La Hoya hasn't competed since he was knocked out in eight rounds by Manny Pacquiao back in December 2008.

You know I'm competitive.

"I'm faster than ever". I could take out Conor McGregor in two rounds. I think that's very important to understand that fighter safety is the most important thing in the world because without fighter safety, the sport would not proceed to the next level like it always had. The Golden Boy CEO might also have been upset because it took place just three weeks before the Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez fight, which was promoted by his company. Two rounds. That's all I need.

It was a move that could bring stern consequences to the UFC champion and it has been reported overnight that he has been pulled from the end-of-year event at UFC 219.

De La Hoya was outspoken in his criticism of the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and McGregor, saying it "made a mockery of the sport". You heard it on Golden Boy Radio. However, these are the same hurdles the UFC needed to work out in order for McGregor to fight Floyd Mayweather, and that got ironed out. So here's what the newly open to ideas De La Hoya said.

At that point I wanted to make sure Mr Redmond was safe and I wanted to clear the cage.

"I've been working out for the last five months". But, then McGregor was booked to box Mayweather, and De La Hoya blasted the bout, and even called on fans to protest the fight. Mayweather defeated McGregor by TKO in the 10th round in a record-breaking pay-per-view. "I don't know what it is, but I'll tell you now that I've never felt so good before in my life".

De La Hoya, on the other hand, has been involved in some of the most lucrative fights of the century.

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