Dana White Rips Oscar De La Hoya After Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather Comments

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 31, 2017

UFC President Dana White speaks at a news conference after a UFC event in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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UFC President Dana White had harsh words for boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya after De La Hoya was critical of the proposed superfight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather. 

In an interview with TMZ Sports, White called De La Hoya "two-faced" for previously endorsing a McGregor-Mayweather fight and then reversing his stance more recently. (Warning: video contains NSFW language):

White also called out De La Hoya's reversal on Twitter:

Dana White @danawhite

WTF @OscarDeLaHoya ????? @TheNotoriousMMA @FloydMayweather https://t.co/oBeAotPGOo

In a Facebook post from May 25, De La Hoya argued why a McGregor-Mayweather fight would potentially offer little benefit to the sport of boxing.

"Floyd's and Conor's motivation is clear. It's money. In fact, they don't even pretend it's not," he wrote. "But it's also a lack of consequences for when the fight ends up being the disaster that is predicted. After this fight, neither of them will need us anymore. Floyd will go back to retirement—presumably for good this time with another nine-figure paycheck—and Conor will go back to the UFC."

White wondered whether De La Hoya was going on the offensive since McGregor-Mayweather would likely come around the same time as Canelo Alvarez's highly anticipated clash with Gennady Golovkin.

The two are set to fight Sept. 16. It's the same month McGregor mentioned as a possible option for his bout with Mayweather. While Canelo-Golovkin and McGregor-Mayweather almost certainly wouldn't happen the same weekend, fans may face a choice of only paying to watch one of the fights.

In that sense, De La Hoya, who has Canelo under the Golden Boy Promotions umbrella, would have a vested interest in attempting to downplay the significance of a cross-promotional battle between McGregor and Mayweather.