Oscar De La Hoya is becoming the latest legendary boxer to come out of retirement and has high hopes for a potential opponent.
The 48-year-old boxer announced Friday that he will officially return to the ring on July 3, during a Triller Fight Club event alongside Snoop Dogg. He did it with a literal mic drop.
De La Hoya’s opponent is currently to be determined, but Triller founder Ryan Kavanaugh told Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole that De La Hoya’s goal for an opponent is none other than Floyd Mayweather.
Can Oscar de la Hoya face Floyd Mayweather?
De La Hoya’s fight against Mayweather in 2007, a split decision victory for Mayweather, was the most lucrative boxing match in history at the time, generating more than $ 150 million with $ 120 million in pay-per-view revenue alone. . There were plans for a rematch the following year, but that never materialized due to Mayweather’s retirement.
It is not necessary to see why De Lay Hoya would be interested in a rematch, even 14 years later. That obviously depends on Mayweather’s willingness to participate this time. Mayweather actually called for a rematch against De La Hoya in 2015, but De La Hoya said he was fine with staying out.
Mayweather is currently scheduled to face YouTuber Logan Paul in a match that was initially scheduled for February 20, but has been postponed to a later date. The last time Mayweather faced an opponent with a high-level boxing experience was in his 2015 fight against Andre Berto. Since then, he has faced UFC star Conor McGregor and kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, the latter in an exhibition match.
De La Hoya has not fought professionally since his loss to Manny Pacquiao in 2008, working as one of boxing’s biggest promoters ever since. He had previously announced plans to return to the ring last August, but with no plans from the firm beyond wanting to take on “any big guy.”
By ESPN’s Marc RaimondiKavanaugh also said that the De La Hoya fight will likely take place in Texas, with AT&T Stadium as a potential venue. Triller is also interested in a “big” UFC name as another possible opponent.
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