Oscar De La Hoya is the latest in a long line of stars to give their two cents on the seemingly impending boxing fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.
The Golden Boy posted an open letter on his Facebook page about the potential bout, and he isn’t one bit impressed.
“To my fellow boxing fans, I write in the hopes that together we can protect the sport of boxing.
“With each passing day, it looks more and more likely that the circus known as Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor will be coming to town in the near future. As undercard fights start to take form, athletic commissions give their blessings in exchange for millions of dollars, and the fighters start counting even more cash, one group will eventually be left to make sure this farce doesn’t occur — we, the fans, who are the lifeblood of our sport.
“Floyd’s and Conor’s motivation is clear. It’s money.
“It’s a win-win for them. It’s a lose-lose for us. We’ll be $100 lighter and we will have squandered another opportunity to bring boxing back to its rightful place as the sport of kings.
“At this point, only we can shut the circus down by making it clear that we won’t pay to see a joke of a fight and telling our casual-fan friends that they shouldn’t either.”
While De La Hoya does make some valid points, it is clear that he has changed his tone in recent times.
Only months ago, the retired boxer-turned-promoter was calling for McGregor to fight Canelo Alvarez, who is signed under Golden Boy Promotions.
Nonetheless, he is not alone in his views that this is not a fight for boxing purists.
Brian Barry, Pundit Arena