Former six-division world champion Oscar De La Hoya has recently gone on record stating he’d like to make a return to the ring. More over, one name he mentioned was IBF & IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, as he said he “always took apart fighters like him.”
GGG had the following to say in response: “You know Oscar, you know how dirty his mouth is. Everything involving Gennady Golovkin for him is a nightmare. He can say whatever. But let me put it this way – if I got an opportunity to legally kill a person in the ring, I might seize it.”
De La Hoya then had the following to say after Golovkin’s response: “Look, they (the comments) weren’t nice, but he’s a fighter, he’s got to protect his own image. But he’s obviously still a dangerous fighter because he hits hard.
De La Hoya then took his opportunity to bash Golovkin’s most recent opponent: “I mean come on, I’m not a walk in the park, like the guy he fought on the other day. I’ve always prided myself on fighting the best. That’s never going to change. I can’t go back on that.
“It’s also to prove a point. To prove a point myself that I can do it. But to show this younger generation of fighters that to be the best you have to beat the best. Even at this age at 47 I still want to beat the best.
“Hopefully it can spark something with these young guys. Instead of listening to the whispers in their ears instead of thinking about the business first. Think about the fight. Think about the glory. Think about the legacy. The only way to create a legacy is by fighting the very best.
“I would have to look at the top guys out there that make the most sense, meaning you look at their styles, where they’re at in their careers, what weight I want to fight in. I don’t think I would have a problem making between 154 and 160. I don’t think I would have a problem with that.”
GGG is getting up there in age at 38-years-old, turning 39 in April, but he’s still one of the very best middleweight and light-middleweights in the world. De La Hoya on the other hand is 47-years-old, turning 48 in February.
Not to mention, De La Hoya hasn’t fought since December of 2008, where he was TKO’d by Manny Pacquiao, two fights after he lost his WBC light-middleweight championship.
De La Hoya didn’t go out in the best way either, going from 31-0 to 32-2, then from 36-2 to 39-6 to end his career, being finished in two of those defeats. Golovkin’s still one of the most dangerous men on the planet. Is this a smart choice?
Do we want to see Oscar De La Hoya return to the ring?