Oscar De La Hoya doesn’t just think Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor will be bad for boxing. He believes it’ll be downright apocalyptic.
“Our sport might not ever recover,” the boxing legend and current promoter wrote in a Facebook post Thursday.
De La Hoya believes that Mayweather’s fight against Manny Pacquiao set boxing back, because it was only put together years after both their primes and did not deliver. Mayweather vs. McGregor — one of the best boxers of all time against a UFC champion with no pro boxing experience — is a “circus,” De La Hoya wrote.
“At this point, only we can shut the circus down by making it clear that we won’t pay to see a joke of a fight and telling our casual-fan friends that they shouldn’t either,” De La Hoya wrote.
De La Hoya’s argument is the fight will not be good, it’s motivated solely by money and when it’s over both men will go their own way. It won’t help boxing one iota, De La Hoya believes. Mayweather will likely return to retirement, he wrote, and McGregor will head back to the UFC.
“It’s a win-win for them,” De La Hoya wrote. “It’s a lose-lose for us. We’ll be $100 lighter and we will have squandered another opportunity to bring boxing back to its rightful place as the sport of kings.”
“The Golden Boy” is not unbiased in this case. His fighter, Canelo Alvarez, will be meeting Gennady Golovkin in September in what would have been the biggest boxing match of the year — if Mayweather vs. McGregor doesn’t take place, that is. How much is De La Hoya upset that he’s not promoting a fight that has a chance to be one of the biggest pay-per-view events of all time is unclear. He addressed that in the post.
“Now, I know critics will say that I’m only writing this letter because my company is promoting what will be the culmination of an outstanding boxing year when Canelo Alvarez takes on Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in September, and I don’t want anything to distract attention away from that fight,” De La Hoya wrote.
“But my interest is in the health of boxing as a whole. It always has been. And if Floyd were to come out of retirement to take on someone like Keith “One–time” Thurman, Errol Spence or some other top welterweight, not only would I applaud the fight, I’d be the first one on line for a ticket.
“That kind of fight is what the fans – and I am a fan first -- deserve.”
Mayweather vs. McGregor is not that, he wrote. McGregor is an elite MMA fighter, but only has boxing experience at the amateur level. De La Hoya doesn’t believe he has any chance to even be competitive against Mayweather, who is 49-0 and has made opponents who have boxed their entire lives look foolish.
“But if you thought Mayweather/Pacquiao was a black eye for our sport – a matchup between two of the best pound-for-pound fighters that simply didn’t deliver -- just wait until the best boxer of a generation dismantles someone who has never boxed competitively at any level – amateur or professional,” De La Hoya wrote.