Oscar De La Hoya confirmed to Maggie Haberman of the New York Times that an advertisement promoting the fight between Mexican boxers Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Cinco de Mayo weekend was meant to taunt United States President Donald Trump.
The video in question shows the two boxers breaking through a concrete wall.
"The idea of a wall was a direct hit to Trump, obviously, given what’s taking place, and given the comments that Trump has made had really impacted many people and have rubbed many people the wrong way," De La Hoya said.
He added, "This is letting him know that not every Mexican is what he’s stated they are. Mexicans are hard workers."
President Trump famously campaigned on the promise that he would build a wall between the United States and Mexico. As Haberman noted, Trump at one point suggested Mexican immigrants brought crime into the United States and were "rapists," adding later that he assumed some were good people.
According to Haberman, De La Hoya had invited Trump to attend a Cinco De Mayo match last year. But De La Hoya had also suggested that Trump had cheated in golf, as detailed by Tim Dahlberg of the Associated Press:
The former boxing champion said Trump hit his first ball into the water, hit a second out of bounds, then a third into the water again. His fourth ball then went into the bushes.
"Donald, what he does is he tees off first so we go off to our balls and what do we see but Donald Trump right in the middle of the fairway," De La Hoya said. "He said, 'Hey look, I found my first ball.'"
On the next hole, a par-3, De La Hoya said Trump hit into some bushes and again went ahead of the other players in his cart. When the rest of the group got to the green, he said Trump's ball was 3 feet from the hole.
"And by the way I'm picking it up," De La Hoya quoted Trump as saying. "It's a gimme."
Trump denied ever golfing with De La Hoya, per Haberman, and there's been a conflict between the two since.
"It shows something about his character," De La Hoya said at the time. "Golf is a gentleman's sport. You don't lie about your score, you don't lie about moving your ball. It goes to show what we're dealing with."
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