It stays to be seen whether or not Oscar De La Hoya is actually critical, however he mentioned Monday that he has been “secretly training” and referred to as out UFC star Conor McGregor for his comeback struggle after almost a decade in retirement.
“You know I’m competitive,” De La Hoya mentioned. “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 made the feedback on “Golden Boy Radio with Tattoo and the Crew,” a three-hour every day digital radio present that debuted Monday with De La Hoya as a featured visitor.
De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) gained a 1992 Olympic gold medal and 10 world titles in a then-record six weight divisions as an expert boxer. He was the most important pay-per-view star of his time and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2014. But De La Hoya has not fought since being savaged in a one-sided eighth-round knockout loss to Manny Pacquiao on Dec. 6, 2008. He retired shortly afterward, having misplaced three of his final 5 fights.
De La Hoya, 44, didn’t specify a timeframe by which he can be prepared for his fantasy struggle, however there’s nice irony in his mentioning McGregor, 29, of Ireland, who misplaced by 10th-round knockout when he crossed over from combined martial arts for a boxing match in opposition to Floyd Mayweather, who got here out of a two-year retirement for the junior middleweight megafight on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.
The struggle offered greater than four million models on pay-per-view — second all-time to Mayweather-Pacquiao in 2015 — based on Showtime, however De La Hoya spent a lot of the summer time shredding the struggle and inspiring sports activities followers to not purchase it, partially as a result of he was involved it might have a damaging impression on the middleweight world title struggle between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez that he was attempting to promote on HBO PPV three weeks later.
De La Hoya, now CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, went as far as to pen an open letter to boxing followers slamming the Mayweather-McGregor struggle. He referred to as it a “circus” and a “farce” and claimed that if it occurred, “our sport might not ever recover.”
De La Hoya additional denigrated Mayweather-McGregor as nothing greater than a cash seize, which is what number of would additionally view a De La Hoya-McGregor bout.
McGregor stays beneath contract to UFC and mentioned after the loss to Mayweather that he would take into account all of his choices, each in boxing and MMA, though there have been talks about his subsequent struggle being contained in the Octagon and never a boxing ring.
“I don’t want to speak for him, but he’s in shape and I’m sure he has been thinking about it,” Eric Gomez, De La Hoya’s finest good friend since childhood and president of Golden Boy Promotions, instructed ESPN of a attainable comeback. “The itch is there, has been for a long time.”
Another individual near De La Hoya instructed ESPN that De La Hoya is in actual fact significantly contemplating a return to the ring, even when it is to not struggle McGregor.
De La Hoya mentioned if in some way a struggle with McGregor might be made, it might be as a boxing match. De La Hoya mentioned he has no intention of going into the cage for an MMA bout.
“Let’s get it straight — in the cage, he would freaking destroy me. He would freaking destroy me. Only in the ring,” De La Hoya mentioned.
“I’ve been working out for the last five months. [My confidence] is how I feel now from my training. 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 has battled drug and alcohol dependancy, has been to rehabilitation a number of occasions, and presently faces expenses stemming from a DUI arrest earlier within the yr. But De La Hoya mentioned in Monday’s interview that he’s doing properly now.
“Every day just keeps getting better. Life is good,” De La Hoya mentioned. “Life is a struggle; life is hard. It’s not all peaches and cream, but life is life and you have to think about the solution of what you have to do to keep walking.”
This shouldn’t be the primary time De La Hoya has publicly toyed with the concept of coming of out of retirement. In June 2015, De La Hoya instructed ESPN that he was contemplating a return to the ring.
“It’s got to be worth my while but this is very serious,” De La Hoya mentioned on the time, mentioning a need to face both Golovkin or have a rematch with Mayweather, who outpointed him in a 2007 struggle that set the since-broken pay-per-view document. “I have to make sure I am fighting the very best. I don’t have to come back for financial reasons or the lights or the glamour. The only reason I would come back is because I miss the competition of fighting the very best.”
Soon after, De La Hoya mentioned he would stay in retirement.