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Oscar De La Hoya talks Floyd Mayweather rematch: A fight with me and Floyd can easily generate 5 million homes

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Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya, the two boxing giants touched gloves back on 5th May 2007 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The super-hyped fight, which was billed as “The World Awaits”, had De La Hoya’s WBC light middleweight title on the line, which Mayweather clinched via a split decision victory. Now fifteen years later, De La Hoya is shooting the breeze about a rematch and believes it can generate a record 5 million pay-per-view buys.

I strongly feel that a fight with Floyd would be massive, would be huge: Oscar De La Hoya

Oscar De La Hoya vs Floyd Mayweather Jr. - May 5, 2007 - MGM Grand Garden  Arena, Las Vegas, NV | Ed Mulholland - Freelance Photographer

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Mayweather vs De La Hoya had generated a whopping 2.4 million PPV buys, setting a record at that time. Later, Mayweather went on to break that record with his subsequent matches against Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor, with the Mayweather vs Pacquiao clocking 4.6 million buys, a record which still stands.

De La Hoya, who said in July last year that he believes Mayweather had lost their encounter from 2007 and spoke about wanting a rematch, told Steven Muehlhausen of DAZN that he believes Mayweather vs De La Hoya 2 right now can generate 5 million buys, even surpassing the Pacquiao fight.

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“Obviously, he’s all about the money,” De La Hoya said, “This would be probably the biggest fight out there for him. I believe it would be bigger than him fighting McGregor. It would be bigger than him fighting Logan Paul or whoever he’s bound to fight next. I think that people want to see real fights. People want to see legend versus legend, champion versus champion. This is what we do. This is what we’ve done for practically all our lives. People, not that they’re getting tired of seeing these exhibitions, but people want to see real fights.”

“They want to see real legends in the ring. Fighters like Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, and myself, we are real legends who put it out on the line and were in the ring for many years, fighting for world titles for decades. I strongly feel that a fight with Floyd would be massive, would be huge. That alone would attract Floyd Mayweather. I strongly feel a fight with me and Floyd can easily generate five million homes. With all the technology, there’s so much that you can integrate in terms of publicizing the event, in terms of making it that much bigger. You now have the meta worlds, the NFT’s. You have that whole social media platform. It can be pretty big,” the 48-year-old added. [H/T Boxingscene.com]

Highlights:

  • Oscar De La Hoya feels a rematch with Floyd Mayweather can generate 5 million PPV buys and set a new record in boxing
  • The two fought back in 2007, which clocked 2.4 million PPV buys
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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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