Oscar De La Hoya Calls Out Conor McGregor

Annette Crawford
November 14, 2017

I know I could take out Conor McGregor in two rounds.

It's been nearly nine years since De La Hoya last fought but, having seen the money that was made when Mayweather dusted off his gloves to school "The Notorious" in his boxing debut, De La Hoya is eager to earn a similar payday.

The UFC will be keen to, at least, be seen to take some action against the Irish fighter, though not appearing on a UFC 219 card will not go far enough for many observers of mixed martial arts. I think that's very important to understand that fighter safety is the most important thing in the world because without fighter safety, this sport would not proceed to the next level like it always has.

"Mr Redmond was knocked - I don't want to say he was unconscious - but he was hit quite heavy".

"After the event, I had some executives from UFC contact me within two hours after what occurred". You heard it on Golden Boy Radio.

The Mexican-American ended his career with a 39-win six-loss record and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2014, as soon as he was eligible.


McGregor was stopped in the 10th round when he stepped into the boxing ring for the first time as a professional, with Mayweather's vastly superior technique and staying power ultimately proving too much for the Irishman.

Like McGregor's last opponent in the ring, Floyd Mayweather Jr, De La Hoya was a major box office draw in his day and so combined with McGregor's star power that could be a huge money-spinner for all concerned.

Speaking to Dash Radio, De La Hoya - who won an Olympic gold medal for the US at Barcelona 1992 - said: "You know I'm competitive, you know I still have it in me".

"Our sport might not ever recover".

Now, the reality of this fight happening seems slim to none.

De La Hoya also apparently conceded that McGregor would "destroy" him in the cage, which, yes, is a given. In a bout that nearly surely would draw considerably less? "Only in the ring", De La Hoya added.

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