In a recent radio broadcast, Oscar De La Hoya stunned fans with a call out of Conor McGregor which came out of nowhere.
De La Hoya stated that he has been in training secretly for the past four or five months and is preparing to take McGregor out, stating he would do so with ease. In fact, De La Hoya insisted he would not let the UFC champion see past two rounds were the pair to throw down.
That whole scenario stunk of hypocrisy as the former boxing champion who now runs the hugely successful Golden Boy Promotions was the biggest and loudest critic of McGregor’s August clash with Floyd Mayweather. De La Hoya even penned an open letter to boxing fans around the world pleading with them to boycott the event as he claimed it was irreparabley damaging to the sport to have Mayweather, considered to be the finest boxer of his era, take on an MMA fighter venturing into the world of professional boxing for the very first time.
Whether his call out of the Irish superstar was genuine remained to be seen over the course of the days succeeding his shock revelation.
Well, in an interview with FightHype TV, the Mexican has explained the method to his surprising announcement.
Oscar has cleared up that he is not pursuing a fight with Conor, rather he was just letting his competitive nature get the better of him when stating he could finish the 29-year-old within two rounds, given that it took his arch nemesis Floyd ten rounds.
It all seems a bit odd but the overriding feeling to take away from this whole situation is that a McGregor-De La Hoya showdown is not something most fight fans want to see. After all, 44-year-old De La Hoya has been retired for almost a decade now and having seen McGregor’s foray into boxing earlier this year, while it was fun while it lasted, it is fair to say it’s time to see him back in the Octagon again.
Check out what Oscar had to say in the clip below: