Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya is still very eager to get in the ring with Floyd Mayweather for a second time.
The two retired Hall of Famers collided in the ring back in May of 2007 – which Mayweather won by way of a close twelve round split decision to become a junior middleweight champion.
Their fight generated 2.4 million pay-per-view buys, which at the time set a record.
Mayweather broke that record two times over the years, with his fights against Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor.
The former five division champion’s fight against Pacquiao generated 4.6 million buys in 2015 – a number that still holds the record.
De La Hoya believes a rematch with Mayweather would shatter all pay-per-view records with 5 million buys.
“Obviously, he’s all about the money. This would be probably the biggest fight out there for him. I believe it would be bigger than him fighting McGregor. It would be bigger than him fighting Logan Paul or whoever he’s bound to fight next. I think that people want to see real fights. People want to see legend versus legend, champion versus champion. This is what we do. This is what we’ve done for practically all our lives. People, not that they’re getting tired of seeing these exhibitions, but people want to see real fights,” De La Hoya told Steven Muehlhausen of DAZN.
“They want to see real legends in the ring. Fighters like Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, and myself, we are real legends who put it out on the line and were in the ring for many years, fighting for world titles for decades. I strongly feel that a fight with Floyd would be massive, would be huge. That alone would attract Floyd Mayweather. I strongly feel a fight with me and Floyd can easily generate five million homes. With all the technology, there’s so much that you can integrate in terms of publicizing the event, in terms of making it that much bigger. You now have the meta worlds, the NFT’s. You have that whole social media platform. It can be pretty big.”
De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) retired from the sport in 2008, after suffering a one-sided stoppage loss at the hands of Manny Pacquiao.
He was set to fight again last September against UFC champion Vitor Belfort. A littler more than a week before the fight, De La Hoya withdrew with COVID-19.
Mayweather took part in an eight round exhibition with social media star Logan Paul last June. There has been talk of a potential exhibition with another social media personality, Money Kicks. The fight, should it happen, would land in the coming months in Dubai.