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GSP lost his ‘dream’ fight with De La Hoya, says ‘a lot’ of that money would’ve gone to charity

Georges St-Pierre tells his side of the story about the supposed boxing match with Oscar De La Hoya.

Georges St-Pierre speaks about his supposed boxing match against Oscar De La Hoya.
Georges St-Pierre speaks about his supposed boxing match against Oscar De La Hoya.
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Last week, Oscar De La Hoya and Triller claimed that the UFC rejected a supposed boxing match between ‘The Golden Boy’ and two-division UFC champion Georges St-Pierre. That pissed off big boss Dana White, who went on his usual expletive rant and called on both De La Hoya and Triller to leave his “guys” alone.

St-Pierre kept mum throughout the entire time, until recently when he spoke exclusively with Cinema Blend. He began saying he understood his former employer’s position but also express how it was a missed “fun” opportunity.

“I understand that Dana didn’t want me to fight. However, it would have been fun,” he said. “Because my career as a professional fighter, to become the best in the world in mixed martial arts, is done. I’m turning 40 years old tomorrow; I’m going to be 40 years old. It’s a young man’s game.”

For St-Pierre, it was also a missed opportunity to fight the man he labelled as his “second-favorite boxer of all-time.”

“However, to rather fight a boxing match under the rules that Triller put on against the legendary Oscar De La Hoya? For me, it would have been a dream come true, because he is my second favorite boxer of all time, behind Sugar Ray Leonard.”

De La Hoya previously stated that the fight would’ve been a “big payday” for the future UFC Hall-of-Famer. St-Pierre, however, said it would’ve been for a good cause.

“Plus, a lot of the money made would have been given to charity,” he said. “So it would have been for a good cause, just to show that we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

“And it would have been serious competition because you say, I play basketball, I play hockey, but you don’t ‘play’ fighting. It would have been fun.”

St-Pierre officially retired in 2019 after winning the UFC middleweight title from Michael Bisping two years prior. De La Hoya, on the other hand, is attempting to make a boxing comeback at 48 years old.