Boxing great Oscar De La Hoya calls out Conor McGregor
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 16, 2017 10:25 AM
Will this fight happen? (AP Photos)
Whether it be in the ring or in the cage, it looks like everyone wants a piece of 'The Notorious' one.
After making his professional boxing debut in a highly-hyped superfight against surefire boxing Hall of Famer Floyd 'Money' Mayweather, Conor McGregor has been a prime target for anyone and everyone looking for a money fight.
The latest to call out the Irish prizefighter is another boxing legend in multi-time world champion-turned-mega promoter 'The Golden Boy' Oscar De La Hoya.
In an statement he made on 'Golden Boy Radio', De La Hoya said that he'll unretire for a fight with McGregor, just like what 'Money' Mayweather did.
"I still have it in me. I've been secretly training, secretly training. I'm faster than ever and stronger than ever."
The six-division world champion even went on to say that he can take the two-division UFC world champion down in just two rounds.
"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. That's all I'm going to say. You heard it on Golden Boy Radio. Two rounds, that's all I need." De La Hoya added.
While it's hard to see this 'superfight' of sorts coming into fruition, betting odds have already surfaced, with De La Hoya opening at -140, while McGregor opening even.
At this point, it's unclear what De La Hoya's motives are for calling out McGregor. Does the boxing legend see McGregor as an easy, big money fight? Who knows.
It's also important to note that De La Hoya wasn't the biggest fan of the Mayweather-McGregor superfight back in August.
Heck, he even had some pretty strong words regarding the crossover fight. (NSFW)
De La Hoya, 44, retired from competitive boxing back in 2008 after absorbing defeat at the hands of the one and only Manny Pacquiao. He returned to the ring back in 2016 for charity, against movie actor Mario Lopez in an exhibition bout. Even after retirement, his hands still looked, dare we say, golden.
McGregor, 29, is the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion, and is one of only four people to have held UFC world championships in two weight divisions. He is also the UFC's only simultaneous world champion, having won the UFC Featherweight title and then the UFC Lightweight title. He later relinquished the featherweight championship.
McGregor has not seen action inside the UFC Octagon since dominating Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title back in November of 2016.