Oscar De La Hoya recently pulled out of his boxing return against Vitor Belfort after being hospitalized due to COVID-19, which describes as “five days of hell.” The boxing legend is still looking to return after being out of competition for 13 years, and he has called for a high profile rematch.
“You know who I’m going to call out for my next fight? Floyd Mayweather,” he told TMZ. “I’ll offer Floyd Mayweather $100 million.”
De La Hoya stated that he plans on fighting before the end of the year, and also said that if he the Belfort bout pushed through, he would’ve won very early.
“I would’ve knocked him out in 30 seconds,” De La Hoya said.
De La Hoya and Mayweather fought in 2007, with the latter winning a split decision in a bout that broke PPV records at the time. Beating a huge mainstream star in De La Hoya was the catalyst as Mayweather’s popularity truly shot up even further and constantly made big money his next several bouts.
De La Hoya is now 48-years-old, while Mayweather is 44, and has also been far more active. In the 13 years that De La Hoya has been retired and working as a promoter, Mayweather had 11 professional fights, along with two exhibition bouts.