Money talks… and when we’re talking potentially hundreds of million of dollars, even the noblest soul may go back on his word and code of ethics. Former six-division world champ, Oscar De la Hoya, who publicly lambasted the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor bout in August, is now seeking a bout with the UFC champ.
Betting odds for the next superfight, even if it’s a superfight pitting a 44-year-old pro boxer more than nine years into retirement against McGregor, may show the UFC superstar to be a big betting underdog. But big money will still be there and, therefore, we may actually see this one become a reality.
“I’ve been secretly training, secretly training,” De La Hoya recently told Golden Boy Radio. “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.”
Mind you, this De La Hoya-McGregor talk is a one-way street right now, with the head of Golden Boy Promotions lobbing this story to a hungry press. McGregor and his UFC partners have yet to comment on the possibility of having another boxer vs. Conor bout. One can be sure, though, that if enough money is on the table, there will be interest.
Will McGregor have a better chance against De La Hoya than he did against Mayweather, who essentially went through the motions in the first half of their bout and then closed the show when he finally stepped on the gas? Well, it’s hard to imagine McGregor beating De la Hoya, even an aged and rusty De La Hoya looking for a quick monetary score.
It could very well be the case that ANY high end professional boxer other than a very magnanimous Mayweather, who was okay with carrying McGregor for awhile, would be more aggressive against the two-division UFC champ and come out with guns firing from the opening bell. And, yeah, it’s feasible that De La Hoya (and a whole score of other boxers) could blast Conor away in two rounds or less if they wanted to prove a point.
De La Hoya-McGregor, like Mayweather-McGregor, would just be a curiosity and a cash grab. Nobody should think otherwise. And, also like Mayweather-McGregor, it’s harmless fun that entertains the masses while exposing new fans and new consumers to the sport of boxing.
De La Hoya would take a beating from fans for being so anti-Floyd-Conor while signing up for his own lucrative payday against McGregor. But tens of millions od dollars has a funny way of soothing someone from harsh words and public scorn.
De La Hoya-McGregor may never actually happen, but it’s okay if it did. It really is.