If Oscar De La Hoya can’t box Georges St-Pierre in his return to the ring then he’ll gladly face the former champion’s prior employer.
Earlier this month, Triller CEO Ryan Kavanaugh blasted UFC president Dana White for allegedly blocking a potential boxing match between De La Hoya and the former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion.
Because of this, De La Hoya has spoken out against White, even challenging his rival to a fight with the stipulation that he gets a fight with St-Pierre as a prize.
.@danawhite Quit blocking@GeorgesStPierre’s chance to fight. How about we get into the ring first little B*#ch then after I kick your ass, I’ll fight a real man #DeLaHoyaGSP #LetGSPFight pic.twitter.com/sPKeXpHDDW— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) May 21, 2021
Following UFC 262 in Houston, White no-sold Kavanaugh’s claims, saying that Kavanaugh has been calling him every day about one thing or another.
“I have no interest in talking to any of those idiots,” White stated. “They can do their thing. Do your thing. Stop talking about me. What do you give a sh*t what I’m doing? Go do your thing. I get it but get out of here. What are you doing? I don’t even know what you’re doing. What is this thing you’re trying to build? What are you doing? What do I have to do with it or my guys? Do your thing. What are you doing? Are you starting an MMA organization?”
There was one man who was not heard from in the rumors for the July 3 matchup against De La Hoya, and that was St-Pierre himself. That all changed when he recently spoke with Cinema Blend, essentially confirming White was the road block in making the fight happen.
I understand that Dana didn’t want me to fight,” St-Pierre said. “However, it would have been fun. Because my career as a professional fighter, to become the best in the world in mixed martial arts, is done. I’m going to be 40 years old. It’s a young man’s game. However, to rather fight a boxing match under the rules that Triller put on against the legendary Oscar De La Hoya? For me, it would have been a dream come true, because he is my second favorite boxer of all time, behind ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard.
“Plus, a lot of the money made would have been given to charity. So it would have been for a good cause, just to show that we don’t take ourselves too seriously. And it would have been serious competition because you say, I play basketball, I play hockey, but you don’t ‘play’ fighting. It would have been fun.”
De La Hoya will look to compete in the squared circle for the first time since losing to Manny Pacquiao in December 2008.