Last year, Oscar De La Hoya, a 10-time world title winner has teased the idea of a possible return to the boxing ring. Hoya didn’t compete since his last bout with Manny Pacquiao back in 2008, but De La Hoya says he has been secretly training and called out UFC cash cow Conor McGregor for his comeback fight.
Well UFC president Dana White showed his intentions to get into boxing business, now boxing legend and Golden Boy MMA boss De La Hoya wants to add MMA in his portfolio.
Hoya caught up with TMZ recently alongside with UFC legend Chuck Liddell outside Golden Boy offices, said he wants to start promoting MMA with Liddell. (Quotes via BloodyElbow)
“It’s no secret that I love what MMA fighters do and the technique they have and the sacrifices they make, so I want to get into the MMA business. I want to start Golden Boy MMA, and we’re just talking some business,” De La Hoya said.
Former light heavyweight champion Liddell has teased a comeback several times over the years and has kept in splendid shape since his 2010 retirement. Liddell has not competed since suffering a knockout loss to Rich Franklin at UFC 115 in 2010. This loss was Liddell’s third knockout loss straight in a row. Liddell went on to work for the UFC as a Vice President of Business Development but laid off shortly after Zuffa sold the company to WME-IMG.
Liddell also made his voice clear that he wants to fight and wouldn’t mind being Golden Boy’s first signed fighter.
“I am making a comeback for sure.”
Chuck Liddell also expressed interest in a third bout with Tito Ortiz, who last competed at Bellator 170 last January, also shows interest in a trilogy bout with Liddell.
“[Tito Ortiz] is always my favorite go-to guy,” Liddell said. “One, he’s easy. Two, I never get tired of hitting the guy! People never seem to get tired of seeing it.”
“Imagine Tito and Chuck once again,” De La Hoya added. “That’d be huge.”