Floyd Mayweather Rips Oscar De La Hoya, Comments on Canelo Alvarez and Return

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2016

Oct 30, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; American professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. watches the Oklahoma City Thunder and Orlando Magic during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Floyd Mayweather has reopened his war of words with Oscar De La Hoya via comments about the Golden Boy's infamous drag incident. He also teased the thought of a return to boxing if Saul "Canelo" Alvarez "get[s] out of line."

In an interview with FightHype.com, former pound-for-pound champion Mayweather mentioned some of his favoured business partners in the boxing industry before letting loose with a dig at De La Hoya:

"It's good to work with guys like Richard Schaefer and Al Haymon, guys that [are] drug free, guys that wear suits, guys that dress like men. And of course, you know I'm sending shots at Oscar De La Hoya. I'm always sending shots at him because I don't respect a man that dress[es] in drag."

Mayweather was referring to photographs that emerged in 2007 of De La Hoya dressed in fishnet stockings and women's underwear. It wasn't until 2011 the Mexican-American boxing great acknowledged to Univision it was him pictured in the photos (h/t the Daily Mail's Thomas Durante).

In 2007, Mayweather moved up to light middleweight to take the WBC title from De La Hoya via split decision, a result that likely contributed to the latter's decision to retire after just two more fights.

Mayweather beat De La Hoya by majority decision in 2007.
Mayweather beat De La Hoya by majority decision in 2007.GABRIEL BOUYS/Getty Images

Money and Golden Boy have kept up their longstanding rivalry even after De La Hoya hung up his gloves, but Mayweather's comments, including his swipe at Alvarez, apparently came out of the blue.

Alvarez has enjoyed a four-fight winning streak since losing to Mayweather via majority decision in September 2013, and the 25-year-old stands out as the most promising asset under the Golden Boy banner.

Mayweather, who retired with 49 wins in 49 professional fights, went on to tease the notion of a return to the ring and perhaps even a rematch with Alvarez:

"Like I said before, all [De la Hoya is] banking on now is Canelo. And s--t, if I come back in the game—Canelo, you already know what I did to you, and I could do it again...if you get out of line. Because you already know what I say: You violate, and I'll demonstrate, and that's for all 49."

Money's final fight was an underwhelming unanimous decision defeat of Andre Berto in September 2015.

According to Fox Sports' Andre Vergara, the retired Mayweather said: "As of right now, I don't have the urge to fight."

One can hardly blame him, based on the money he's making just for meeting fans, according to Vice:

Some may interpret Mayweather's message to Alvarez as a signal of his intent to return, but Mayweather spoke to the contrary Friday in an interview with talkSPORT:

As of right now I'm not focused on me, I'm focused on the young fighters under the Mayweather Promotions banner, and trying to help those young fighters to be pay-per-view stars.

I'm not thinking about who I could fight or who I could come out of retirement for, I just want to get back into the sport in a different way.

I've been fighting my whole life and as a professional I competed at the highest level for 20 years, so it's time for me to let the young guys take over.

I will make seven figures a month for the rest of my life. I've made some very smart investments and I'm living very comfortably, my children are going to school and will be going to college soon, and that's what is most important to me right now.

I'm just blessed way beyond belief.

Alvarez defeated Miguel Cotto to claim the lineal and WBC middleweight belts in November, and if his trajectory continues along its current path, Money may find a rematch with the Mexico native appealing.

Alvarez is one of the fastest-rising stars in boxing, and Mayweather could be tempted to end the reign of his former rival's top protege. Money could also reach his 50th career win while landing a final blow on De La Hoya before hanging up his gloves for good.