Oscar De La Hoya had a so-called “Cold War” with Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum, and for all practical purposes, they’ve buried the hatchet ahead of a possible Canelo-Cotto fight during Cinco de Mayo in 2015. However, another skirmish is brewing with the Golden Boy Promotions boss, who Floyd Mayweather Jr. said is a “snake” and is one not to be trusted.
“Money” Mayweather Jr. sat down with Ben Thompson of Fight Hype on October 10 and talked about a litany of things in the boxing world, namely his angst with “disloyal” De La Hoya.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs), suffered an ankle injury recently, which compelled him to pull out of a scheduled bout with 34-year-old Joshua Clottey, a former IBF welterweight champion from Ghana. The Canelo-Clottey fight was booked for December 6, but the cancellation gives Canelo plenty time to prepare for a super-fight with Miguel Cotto next year in May.
Clottey immediately spoke out against Golden Boy’s move to cancel the fight, saying that it’s his belief De La Hoya pulled the stunt to keep his fighter healthy for a bigger payday. Some fight analysts and observers think the surprise cancellation and vow from Oscar De La Hoya to claim two key dates on Floyd’s radar is why Mayweather is hot behind the collar. When Thompson asked the “Money Team” boss about Golden Boy’s move, it was clear the two fight promoters are stewing in their own version of a cold war.
“Oscar De La Hoya has always been disloyal; very disloyal. He was very disloyal to Richard Schaefer. Richard Schaefer built that company from the ground up. I don’t have anything against Eric Gomez at all, but De La Hoya is a piece of sh**. Oscar is a snake! Stephen Espinoza, he’s been more than fair. It gets no bigger than Showtime…if they feel like they can compete, well then let’s see. I mean, you know, I don’t take nothing away from Canelo or Cotto. I truly believe that Canelo is going down in the Hall of Fame and Cotto as well, but like I said before, when you’re talking boxing, you’re talking Mayweather.”
Some critics say that Oscar De La Hoya’s move is good on two fronts: It gives the fans what they want by having his signature fighter avoid a B-rated match between Canelo and an aging fighter. Secondly, if ever there ever were reasons for a Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight, the jousting over two coveted dates and Oscar’s threat to feature his fighters on HBO are. Showtime, are you listening?
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