Conor McGregor Says He Accepts Oscar De La Hoya Challenging Him to Boxing Match

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 7, 2020

Conor McGregor poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for the UFC 246 mixed martial arts bout, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Donald
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If Oscar De La Hoya was serious about returning to the boxing ring for a match with Conor McGregor, the UFC superstar is ready to take on the challenge.  

McGregor wrote on Twitter that he accepts De La Hoya's challenge:

Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA

I accept your challenge, Oscar de la Hoya.

The response comes in the wake of De La Hoya's recent appearance on the State of Combat podcast (h/t Keith Idec of Boxing Scene) in which he said he would need just two rounds to knock out McGregor. 

"Oh, come on, brother," the Golden Boy said. "Two rounds. Because one thing about me, one thing about me, I went for the kill always. And look, Conor McGregor is⁠—I love him in the Octagon. I respect him. I watch him all the time. But the boxing ring is a whole different story. It's a whole different story."

McGregor's first foray into boxing was against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August 2017. Mayweather won the match by TKO in the 10th round.

De La Hoya, 47, retired from competition after losing to Manny Pacquiao in December 2008.