De La Hoya on Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather: 'Our sport might never recover'
De La Hoya wrote a letter to boxing fans imploring them to not buy the potential fight
Oscar De La Hoya has made it pretty clear he doesn't think Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather makes sense as a fight. He said as much earlier this month in the lead up to.
"Both guys are characters, they're flamboyant, they do all their talking outside the ring," De La Hoya said. "It's like a circus. Will we see that fight? I strongly feel we won't. I believe that both men have too big of egos to share the revenues among themselves. Plus, they have to share it with the UFC."
Well, as the fight moves closer to becoming a reality, De La Hoya took the time to write out a letter to fight fans, begging them to put an end to the "circus" and saying it could hurt the sport indefinitely.
"2017 has started off as a banner year for boxing. Joshua vs. Klitschko; Thurman vs. Garcia; Golovkin vs. Jacobs; Canelo vs. Chavez. All four of these fights -- and many more -- have brought the fight game back and reinvigorated interest from the ever-elusive casual fan," De La Hoya wrote.
"But if you thought Mayweather/Pacquiao was a black eye for our sport – a matchup between two of the best pound-for-pound fighters that simply didn't deliver -- just wait until the best boxer of a generation dismantles someone who has never boxed competitively at any level – amateur or professional.
"Our sport might not ever recover."
De La Hoya also said the fighters' motivation is clearly money, as they have said as much.
"But it's the lack of consequences for when the fight ends up being the disaster that is predicted."
It is of note that UFC president Dana White said after the Canelo-Chavez fight that Canelo vs. Gennady Golovkin took the projected fight date for McGregor and Mayweather, so obviously there's a little contention between the two camps.
De La Hoya also addressed that.
"Now, I know critics will say that I'm only writing this letter because my company is promoting what will be the culmination of an outstanding boxing year when Canelo Alvarez takes on Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin in September, and I don't want anything to distract attention away from that fight.
"But my interest is in the health of boxing as a whole. It always has been. And if Floyd were to come out of retirement to take on someone like Keith 'One-time' Thurman, Errol Spence or some other top welterweight, not only would I applaud the fight, I'd be the first one on line for a ticket."
You can read the full letter here, but it is hard to argue with what De La Hoya is saying. He makes a sensible point that most fight fans I don't think are giving much thought to. If this fight does end up being a similar disaster to Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, fans are going to be livid that McGregor couldn't do anything as Mayweather laughs to the bank.
If there is some clause written in to the contract for pay bonuses for knockdowns, knockouts or general action, it would make all of this make more sense.
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