Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has offered a public apology to Oscar De La Hoya after posting a nasty Instagram message against the former world champ..
Last week De La Hoya announced that he was entering rehab after relapsing from his alcohol addiction. After his decision was announced, Mayweather was quick to support the former boxing champion.
On Saturday during a post-fight news conference in which Mayweather defeated Canelo Alvarez, there was nothing but praise for De La Hoya’s brave decision to confront his relapse head-on.
It was therefore strange when Mayweather released a photo on Monday via his Instagram account in which he mocked De La Hoya.
In the photo, a red-eyed De La Hoya is pictured along with the caption “MEANWHILE IN REHAB.” In the post, Mayweather writes: “OSCAR: ‘I gave Canelo the wrong Blueprint. I was high.'”
Mayweather may be a warrior in the boxing ring, but he hid behind his publicist in releasing the following apology.
It’s unfortunate that a stupid picture was posted to my Instagram account earlier today that was not posted by me or authorized by me to post.
As I clearly stated during my fight week and again in the post-fight press conference, I completely support Oscar De La Hoya and his family during this difficult time in his life. Although we have had our differences in the past, I stand by him unconditionally and would never personally disrespect him or anyone who struggles with addiction.
I apologize to Oscar and his family for this posting. I wish him well and am rooting for him to win his fight too. I also apologize to all of my followers for this ridiculous post. I have no ill-will towards anyone and have repeatedly stated that I only seek positivity in my life and for others.
Floyd Mayweather has since removed the Instagram photo of Oscar De La Hoya.
Trash talking inside the ring and before matches is one thing, but attacking a retired boxer when he is down is an entirely different form of disrespect.
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