Oscar De La Hoya wants to be Conor McGregor’s next fight in boxing.
The legendary Mexican fighter – who last stepped into the ring against Manny Pacquiao in 2008 – has issued a challenge to UFC lightweight champion McGregor, who was defeated by Floyd Mayweather in his boxing debut earlier this year.
De La Hoya, who won ten world titles in his professional career, now heads up Golden Boy Promotions at 44-years-old, guiding the careers of fighters including Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
Speaking on Golden Boy Radio, De La Hoya issued a surprise challenge to McGregor and revealed he’s training to come out of retirement:
“I still have it in me. I’ve been secretly training. I know I can take out Conor McGregor in two rounds. I’ll come back for that fight, I’m calling him out. Two rounds, that’s all I need.”
McGregor’s next steps have been one of the most discussed topics in combat sports since his 10th round defeat to Mayweather in August.
Reports suggested he was due to make a return to UFC for a defence of his lightweight title against Tony Ferguson before the end of the year, but a controversial altercation with referee Marc Goddard in Dublin last weekend might have put an end to that.
This would be another heavy pay day for the man from Dublin.