Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya has not entered the boxing ring professionally for almost a decade, but the veteran pugilist believes he will certainly be able to knock out the UFC lightweight champion Mcgregor turned one-time professional boxer in two rounds for his come back fight.
De La Hoya was speaking to Golden Boy Radio, I have been training to fight Irishman and had challenged him to fight in the boxing ring.
“I’ve been secretly training, secretly training,” De La Hoya said during the interview. “I’m faster than ever and stronger than ever. I know I can take out Conor McGregor in two rounds. I’ll come back for that fight. … Two rounds. Just one more [fight]. I’m calling him out. Two rounds, that’s all I need.”
Oscar last fought in the ring back in December 2008, which he lost in the eighth-round knockout against Manny Pacquiao. He also won a 1992 Olympic gold medal and was the biggest pay-per-view star of his time. He retired afterward, having lost three of his last five fights.
Hoya now believes he will be able to thrash Notorious in just two short rounds, despite an age gap between the two sports stars.
Hoya wrote back then on his social media that a fight between Mayweather and Conor McGregor would be a bad idea for boxing on the world stage.
“But if you thought Mayweather/Pacquiao was a black eye for our sport—a matchup between two of the best pound-for-pound fighters that simply didn’t deliver—just wait until the best boxer of a generation dismantles someone who has never boxed competitively at any level—amateur or professional. Our sport might not ever recover.”
Given that Notorious may not be returning to the cage anytime soon now as per recent news he has been pulled from the UFC’s 219 after creating a whirlwind of controversy at Bellator 187. Anything could be possible; he recently issues an apology to the officials on his Social media.
Oscar said after the loss to Mayweather that Conor would consider all of his options, both in MMA and boxing, although there have been talks about his next fight being inside the Octagon and not a boxing ring nothing is being official yet.
Check out the interview below and let us know your thoughts in the comments!