Oscar De La Hoya Wants To Unretire From Boxing, Calls Out Conor McGregor
It’s been nearly ten years since Oscar De La Hoya retired from boxing after crushed by Manny Pacquiao back in 2008 but it seems like the Golden Boy is getting the itch to return to the boxing ring.
On the latest “Golden Boy Radio with Tattoo and the Crew,” the 44-year-old former boxing champion-turned-promoter revealed that he’s been “secretly training” and believes he can take out UFC superstar Conor McGregor in two rounds if they both fought today.
“You know I’m competitive,” De La Hoya said. “I still have it in me. I’ve been secretly training, secretly training. I’m faster than ever and stronger than ever. I know I can take out Conor McGregor in two rounds. I’ll come back for that fight. Two rounds. Just one more [fight]. I’m calling him out. Two rounds, that’s all I need. That’s all I’m going to say. You heard it on Golden Boy Radio. Two rounds, that’s all I need.”
De La Hoya’s callout come three months after McGregor made his professional boxing in a loss to Floyd Mayweather in which both fighters reportedly made over $100 million each.
McGregor appears to be currently eyeing a return to the cage to fight current UFC lightweight interim champion Tony Ferguson but perhaps another money fight with someone with the name recognition like De La Hoya can sway him back into the boxing ring.
It’s pretty funny that De La Hoya wants a fight with McGregor considering how vocal he was against the Mayweather-McGregor fight before it happened.