Oscar De La Hoya seems eager to turn his challenge to Conor McGregor into a reality.
Six-division world champion Oscar De La Hoya has been making headlines as of late, when he said he would come out of retirement to fight UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in a boxing match. “The Golden Boy” even claims he would be able to win by knockout in as short as two rounds.
The callout was made during his appearance on Dash Radio a little over two weeks ago.
You know I’m competitive. You know 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 could take out Conor McGregor in two rounds. I’ll come back for that fight. Two rounds.
Just one more. I’m calling him out. Two rounds. That’s all I need. That’s all I’m going to say.
A challenge from a 44-year-old De La Hoya who has been retired for nine years now did not seem serious to some. So TMZ decided to confirm this with the boxing legend himself when they recently caught up with him.
“Do you not see me that I’m in shape?” De La Hoya said in response, and afterward paraphrasing a line from Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City.”
After the Floyd Mayweather Jr. boxing match last August, there seems to be an influx of boxers wanting their own shot at McGregor. A week after De La Hoya made his intentions known, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao also issued a subtle challenge for a “real boxing match” sometime in 2018.