Oscar De La Hoya has been vocal about a potential comeback to boxing. The Golden Boy CEO parted ways with the squared circle in 2008 and his final opponent was the Filipino boxing legend and WBA (Super) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao. However, De La Hoya’s return fight won’t be a Pacquiao rematch, as he has other options in mind.
A former WBC, WBO and IBF titleholder, Oscar De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) recently expressed his desire to take on Canelo Álvarez, Floyd Mayweather or Gennady Golovkin to mark his return to boxing, rather than facing Pacquiao again after retiring against him in the 8th round 13 years ago.
PacMan not the ‘right style’ for Oscar De La Hoya,
In a recent interview with Snow Queen LA, De La Hoya thumbed down about facing PacMan, asserting the 42-year-old is just not an ideal opponent for his comeback fight.
“Manny Pacquiao is a guy who has so much energy and he is a southpaw,” said De La Hoya, “We do have history together where obviously he beat me, but it just wouldn’t be the right style for me at this moment of my life.”
Thumbing down a fight with Pacquiao, De La Hoya has three ideal options- Floyd Mayweather, Canelo Álvarez or Gennady Golovkin.
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Floyd Mayweather is already prepping for his upcoming super exhibition bout against YouTuber Logan Paul. The fifteen times world champion had clashed against De La Hoya for the WBC light middleweight title at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on 5th May 2007, winning the match via split decision.
De La Hoya also named his former companion Canelo, who parted ways with Golden Boy in mid-November and a possible fixture can reunite the boxer and promoter once again, albeit this time as adversaries.
Gennady Golovkin’s name has been uttered by De La Hoya in the past already. Back in November, the 47-year-old claimed that the IBF and IBO middleweight champion Golovkin would be an ‘easy opponent’ for him. A response came from GGG as well, tagging De La Hoya as one with a ‘dirty mouth’.