Various members of Team Mayweather break down exactly how they feel a fight between Conor McGregor and Oscar de la Hoya would go down in a boxing ring.
The rumour-mill is as much a part of the combat sporting game as the press-events, the weigh-ins, the modern-day social-media spats and everything in between and though we’ve been treated to some pretty ridiculous rumours in recent times, one in particular managed to turn into some far more.
When talk first began concerning a super-fight between boxing’s Floyd Mayweather and MMA’s Conor McGregor, the backlash on both sides was near-deafening. The boxing world condemned the fight as a farce, a cash-grab and a disrespect to those at home who were being lulled into thinking that an 0-0 fighter would ever take down a man who may well have been the greatest to ever do it.
The world of MMA were repulsed by the fact that their new lightweight champion would hold up the title-aspirations of an entire division of fighters and while they collectively – for the most part – supported their sport’s representative on the night, the initial reaction was one of confusion and non-interest.
So when the fight actually went ahead and the resulting contest was somewhat entertaining, the public breathed a sigh of relief that they could go back to enjoying the less-ridiculous spectacles both sports had to offer.
Now, with us firmly back onto the straight-and-narrow as far as the fight-game is concerned (for the most part), the legendary Oscar de la Hoya, someone who was extremely vocal in his opposition of last August’s ‘Money-Fight’, revealed recently that he was, in fact, training for a showdown with McGregor – a fight that would be his first in almost ten years, in the unlikely event that the Irishman does indeed choose to bite.
And while there are literally only a handful of people who would genuinely wish to see that contest become a reality, that didn’t stop those present at the Mayweather Boxing Club giving their opinion on the fight’s outcome.
De la Hoya’s last outing before hanging up the gloves was his 2008 loss to Manny Pacquiao and now, with him at 44-years-old, he has many wondering at exactly why he would make an effort to come out of retirement, especially when you consider his successful work as a promoter for Golden Boy Promotions.
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