Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been making plenty of headlines this week.
The story of his intense verbal exchange with Amir Khan at ringside during Saturday night’s battle between Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero did the rounds, while his response to UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor’s recent comments about him also garnered widespread media attention.
The latter came in an interview with online boxing media outlet FightHype that also included a number of other talking points, most notable among which was Floyd’s attack on a pair of old foes, Oscar De La Hoya and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Mayweather bested De La Hoya via split decision over 12 rounds back in 2007 following a heated build-up and the bad blood between them persists. The ex-fighters regularly take shots at each other in the media, for any and every reason. On this particular occasion, Floyd chose to allude to Oscar’s history of drug abuse, as well as to a famous photograph of “The Golden Boy” that became public a number of year’s ago in which he was dressed in an ensemble of women’s garments.
“It’s good to work with guys like Richard Schaefer and Al Haymon, guys that are drug free, guys that wear suits, guys that dress like men. And of course, you know I’m sending shots at Oscar De La Hoya. I’m always sending shots at him because, you know, I don’t respect a man that dress in drag”
Floyd went on to deliver a harsh assessment of the state of De La Hoya’s promotional outfit, Golden Boy, claiming that red-headed Mexican superstar, the aforementioned Alvarez, was the only bankable attraction remaining on the company’s books. Floyd, of course, beat Alvarez via one-sided unanimous decision in 2013, and he warned that he could do it again whenever he pleases.
“Like I said before, all he[De la Hoya] banking on now is Canelo. And sh*t, if I come back in the game – Canelo, you already know what I did to you, and I could do it again, if you get out of line. Because you already know what I say – you violate, and I’ll demonstrate, and that’s for all 49.”
Is this a legitimate hint that Mayweather is ready to re-emerge and challenge for Alvarez’ newly won WBC middleweight title? Or simply bravado?