Oscar De La Hoya and Triller’s Ryan Kavanaugh have offered tons of money to Dana White to get White to allow Georges St-Pierre to box De La Hoya. White shot that down, and all parties not named Dana White are disappointed.
For St-Pierre, the opportunity to do something else would have been a beneficial life experience and a payday. Not only that, GSP would be competing against one of the top fighters in boxing.
“I understand that Dana didn’t want me to fight,” stated St-Pierre. “However, it would have been fun because my career as a professional fighter, to become the best in the world in mixed martial arts is done. I’m turning 40 years old [on May 19th].I’m going to be 40 years old. It’s a young man’s game. However, to rather fight a boxing match under the rules that Triller put on against the legendary Oscar De La Hoya? For me, it would have been a dream come true because he is my second favorite boxer of all time, behind Sugar Ray Leonard. Plus, a lot of the money made would have been given to charity. So it would have been for a good cause just to show that we don’t take ourselves too seriously.”
GSP would have most certainly taken this fight as serious as he’d taken any of the past fights on his 26-2 MMA record; a resume with wins over top opposition such as BJ Penn, Matt Hughes, and Nick Diaz. He knows he is not a better boxer than Oscar, but due to the age difference and experience, it could have made for an exciting matchup.
“It would have been serious competition because you say I play basketball, I play hockey but you don’t ‘play’ fighting. It would have been fun and I don’t have the audacity to pretend that I’m better boxer that Oscar De La Hoya was because, when he was in his prime, he’s one of the best that’s ever done it and I come from a different sport. But, take it now because of where we are in our lives. I think it would have been a good matchup between him and I because he’s older than me. Yeah, of course he has a lot more experience than me in boxing. But I’m younger, I’m a little bit bigger. So I think it would’ve made it a pretty even matchup. It could have been fun.”