De La Hoya to Mayweather: if you're going to run inside the ring, people will hate you
Milan Ordoñez on Jan 12, 2016 05:12 PM
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Floyd Mayweather has been on the headlines recently, mainly for his cries of racism.
“Money May” questioned the praises thrown towards mixed martial arts featherweight champion Conor McGregor, who like him, uses verbal tirades as a brand of self-promotion.
McGregor has since responded by challenging the retired undefeated boxer in a fight, with an 80/20 purse split in favor of the brash Irishman.
“I will give you a fair 80/20 split purse in my favour seen as your last fight bombed at every area of revenue,” an excerpt of McGregor’s lengthy Facebook post reads.
Apparently, Mayweather’s statements alleging discrimination has drawn the negative attention from more notable figures within the realm of prizefighting. Most recently, one of his former opponents had spoken up.
In an interview with ESPN Deportes, six-division world champion Oscar De La Hoya gave his take on why he thinks Mayweather feels like he is the aggrieved individual in the said situation.
"There is no racism in boxing at all,” De La Hoya said. “If you're a champion or not a champion, people love you or they won't, period.”
"Look, if you're going to run and not provide the people with a show, you are not going to be wanted,” he continued. “But if you're going to knock people out and give the people a show, the people will worship you and racism has nothing to do with it."
Despite having worked together in the past under De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, the two famed boxers have always been at odds. In November, “The Golden Boy” lambasted Mayweather through an open letter he wrote.
"You should have fought Pacquiao five years ago, not five months ago. That, however, would have been too dangerous. Too risky. You've made a career out of being cautious. You won't get in the ring unless you have an edge,” an excerpt of the said letter reads.
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