47-year-old six-division world champion Oscar De La Hoya has gone on record stating he’d like to rematch perhaps the greatest boxer of all time, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
De La Hoya says it still bothers him that he lost to Mayweather back in 2007, and he’d like to avenge that defeat in 2021 if at all possible.
Mayweather is retired, but he’s been doing some fun, some would call stupid, exhibition bouts. Such as the one he has scheduled against Logan Paul for February 20, 2021. He also came back to face kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa in December of 2018.
While De La Hoya doesn’t seem to want this to be an exhibition, he may end up taking it if it is regardless. Mayweather defeated De La Hoya on May 5, 2007 via split decision over the coarse of 12-rounds. The pay-per-view drew in 2.4 million buys as well.
This was the record for a pay-per-view gate, it shattered all records, and it wasn’t surpassed until Mayweather fought Manny Pacquiao in 2015. That fight drew 4.6 million pay-per-view buys.
De La Hoya was recently interviewed by FightHub, and was asked what he though of a match up with himself and Canelo Alvarez:
“I’ve always prided myself in fighting the very best. Why go after the second-best? Why not go after the guy (Mayweather) that beat him? Why not go after Mayweather, for instance, in a revenge fight? That’s something very intriguing. We’ll see how I feel and go from there.
“I would definitely think about it, but my eye is on the bigger prize (Mayweather rematch).”
De La Hoya also said he’d like to come back and face Gennady Golovkin in 2021 previously, but there’s no interest on Golovkin’s behalf. Honestly, who could blame him? De La Hoya’s one month away from being 48-years-old, not to mention, he didn’t go out in the best way.
After starting his career out with a record of 36-2, he fell to 39-6 before retiring, going 3-4 in his last seven, being finished in two of those bouts.
Maybe if he came back for an exhibition bout just like Mike Tyson versus Roy Jones Jr did, it wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world. Facing guys like Golovkin, Canelo, and even Mayweather though, we can’t imagine it’d end well.
Do you see Floyd Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya II happening in 2021?