Boxing superstar and 1995 Fighter of the Year Oscar De La Hoya doubled down on his criticism of old rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a recent radio interview, calling Money's unanimous-decision win over Manny Pacquiao a “dud” and sticking by his opinion that Mayweather's era represented the worst in boxing history.
The Golden Boy made headlines when he tweeted, “Now that the worst boxing era is over let's look forward to the next 10 years. #Canelo#Cotto#Golovkin#Lemieux” after Mayweather's easy win over Andre Berto, the last fight of his career. Naturally, he was asked about that statement when he made an appearance on The Cruz Show on Power 106 Los Angeles:
The 42-year-old was also asked about a potential comeback, revealing he was ready to return to the ring, doing full workouts and engaging in sparring sessions, only to find out he “couldn't get out of bed” the next day.
Talking about Mayweather and his bout with Pacquiao, De La Hoya refused to blame the one-sided nature of the fight on Pacquiao's shoulder injury, which slowed down Pac-Man's training, per CNN, and instead he talked about Mayweather's style of boxing, saying, “It takes two to tango.”
He then continued by claiming people don't want to see that fight again and that with the likes of Saul Alvarez, Miguel Cotto and Gennady Golovkin, boxing is about to get exciting again.
De La Hoya has never been a particularly big fan of Mayweather, dating back to their sporting rivalry that culminated in a fight in 2007, one of the closest Mayweather ever fought. As shared by super welterweight contender Julian "J Rock" Williams, the Golden Boy makes that very clear every time he has the chance to talk about it:
It's also important to note De La Hoya owns Golden Boy Promotions, the company that represents Alvarez, who is about to fight Cotto; slamming Mayweather and claiming fights are about to get better is the perfect way to plug their anticipated November bout.
De La Hoya doesn't seem to care all that much about Mayweather's retirement and is apparently determined to keep this rivalry going. One can only hope Mayweather will one day contemplate coming back to grab his 50th win, if only to see what De La Hoya will say next.