De La Hoya says boxing will be better without Floyd
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 13, 2015 04:05 PM
"The fight game will be a better one without you in it." - Oscar De La Hoya talking about Floyd Mayweather. (AP)
Even in retirement, people are still trying to get some shots in the way of Floyd Mayweather.
This time, it's an old rival in The Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya.
De La Hoya had some choice words for Money Mayweather in an open letter which appears in next month's edition of Playboy Magazine.
Luckily, ESPN senior boxing writer Dan Rafael has some scoops which are more entertaining than Mayweather's retirement fight against Andre Berto.
De La Hoya talked about Mayweather's 49-0 record and retirement, saying that the entire sport of boxing will be better without the brash American champion.
"Truth be told, I'm not unhappy to see you retire. Neither are a lot of boxing fans. Scratch that. MOST boxing fans. Why? Because the fight game will be a better one without you in it," De La Hoya wrote in the letter.
The Golden Boy, who lost to Mayweather in 2007 in what was, during that time, the richest fight in history, also talked about Floyd's fighting style and his refusal to fight opponents at their best.
"Let's face it: You were boring," De La Hoya wrote. "Just take a look at your most recent performance, your last hurrah in the ring, a 12-round decision against Andre Berto. How to describe it? A bust? A disaster? A snooze fest? An affair so one-sided that on one judge's card Berto didn't win a single round? Everyone in boxing knew Berto didn't have a chance. I think more people watched 'Family Guy' reruns that night than tuned in to that pay-per-view bout."
Finally, De La Hoya gave his take on the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight that was seen as a major disappointment from the in-ring standpoint for many reasons.
"Another reason boxing is better off without you: You were afraid. Afraid of taking chances. Afraid of risk. A perfect example is your greatest 'triumph,' the long-awaited record-breaking fight between you and Manny Pacquiao," De La Hoya wrote. "Nearly 4.5 million buys! More than $400 million in revenue! Headlines worldwide! How can that be bad for boxing? Because you lied. You promised action and entertainment and a battle for the ages, and you delivered none of the above. The problem is, that's precisely how you want it. You should have fought Pacquiao five years ago, not five months ago."
Your move Floyd.