“Well, look, I mean I’ve been training for the last two months,” De La Hoya told the Pug and Copp Boxing Show. “I mean, it’s no secret, and I feel amazing. I mean, I sparred the other day, and I swear to you, I didn’t know how good I was. I had forgotten how good I was. I seriously forgot how good I was. And you know, I mean, it’s just, look, the legends of the past if you compare them to fighters of today, it was a whole different beast. It was a whole different animal, a whole different game.”
Retired fighters and fallen legends returning for a payday have become common since the pandemic. After all, Mike Tyson’s exhibition fight with Roy Jones Jr. in November proved that there is a market for these types of bouts.
Like Chris Byrd, Evander Holyfield, Shannon Briggs, and other retired fighters, De La Hoya also got the world talking about him when he released a video of his workout.
Oscar De La Hoya Open to Fighting Dana White
Oscar stated his interest to fight someone in the UFC. Although he did not mention where he wants to compete, it’s a no-brainer that Oscar wants to fight in a boxing ring.
“And so, I mean, imagine if I go up against a big name fighter from the UFC or something, whoever,” Oscar added. “I don’t care who it is. I mean, I always fought the very best. But I wouldn’t mind doing it again. I just have to make sure that my health is okay.”
Oscar De La Hoya’s beef with UFC President Dana White is no secret. It all began when Oscar criticized and asked the fans to not buy the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather PPV. White, known for his trash talk, came back with some serious personal insults, and the war of words between the two promoters got ugly.
It got worse when De La Hoya staged Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz 3. Why? Let’s just say the fight should have been illegal to make. Liddell was in his late-40s, whereas Ortiz was in his mid-40s when the bout took place.
White was irate after Chuck got brutally knocked out in the fight.
In response, Oscar De La Hoya offered to fight White in an interview with TMZ Sports in December 2018.
On his show, Mike Coppinger might have reignited Oscar’s desire to fight White. When asked about it, the 48-year-old did not rule out the possibility of fighting the UFC’s juggernaut. But he said Dana would have to lose some weight before competing with him.
“I think he would have to lose like a few pounds. I mean, this guy looks kinda big,” De La Hoya said with a (evil-looking) smile.