Mayweather offers De La Hoya chance at redemption


Floyd Mayweather Jr. - Oscar De La HoyaFloyd Mayweather Jr. and Oscar De La Hoya fought to a split decision in May 2007, with Mayweather coming out on top. A rematch was supposed to take place in 2008, but Mayweather opted to retire, and the rematch never took place.

De La Hoya retired in April 2009, following an eighth-round stoppage defeat to Manny Pacquiao in December 2008, but has had thoughts about coming back ever since.

In recent interviews, the Golden Boy Promotions President has hinted he may return to the ring.

Mayweather caught wind of it and has stated that he would be more than willing to go 12 rounds again with De La Hoya – only if the Golden Boy is serious.

Kel Dansby of Black Sports Online posted a video on his Instagram where Mayweather brings up the topic.

“I seen a little thing with Oscar, saying he’s coming back. If he wants to, we can rock and roll in September. We can do it at 154. He already knows that. He said he wanted. So if he wants it, we can do it in September. He already knows how I operate,” Mayweather said.

What about Mayweather-De La Hoya II in September?

I’m not sure if it will happen. De La Hoya has been out of the ring for five years, with the exception of that one television show with Shaquille O’Neal, and some sparring sessions. If De La Hoya comes back, he would at least need a tune-up fight.

However, Mayweather has already retired twice; it wouldn’t hurt to wait a little longer for a huge payday. Besides, their first fight was three years in the making.

Tickets sold out three hours after they went on sale, the bout generated over $19 million in live gate, which beat the previous record of $16,860,300 set by Holyfield-Tyson II.

While the rematch probably won’t be record-breaking, it would probably do a lot better than Mayweather-Khan or anyone for that matter.