Oscar De La Hoya believes he can bring plenty of dinero to the table when it comes to a potential meeting with Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr.
“If I get past [Vitor] Belfort [on September 11 in Las Vegas] and then go again in November and then maybe challenge Anderson Silva. And then after that, challenge Floyd Mayweather Jr. [on Cinco De Mayo 2022]” said De La Hoya. “It’s all about money for him, so why not? I think there’s a lot of money for him to make in that fight. Yeah, I think so.
“I beat him the first time. Let’s put it that way. That’s his motivation. I think we can outdo Conor McGregor [vs. Mayweather financial figures from 2017]. It’ll be huge, just because of the rivalry that we’ve had over the years and the fact that people will know that it’ll be a real fight.
“We’ll make it an event. Triller knows how to put events together. The card will be stacked. It’ll be absurd.”
De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) lost a split decision to Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) 14 years ago in a super welterweight affair.
One judge had the Golden Boy winning 115-113, while the other two had Mayweather winning 116-112 and 115-113.
The fight generated 2.45 million pay-per-view buys and a then-record $136,853,700 in domestic revenue.
Mayweather recently returned to the ring for an exhibition versus Logan Paul on Showtime PPV.
De La Hoya believes he and Mayweather can use their marketing muscle after being in boxing’s limelight for better parts of the last quarter-century to reap one more sizable payday.
“[The training video clips I’ve been sharing] are nothing, those are just little teasers. I’m feeling good, man. I’m feeling really good. I had 15 years to rest my left jab, so I took it out of the vault and it’s back.”
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe has shot down De La Hoya’s notions for a potential match.
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