UFC superstar Conor McGregor surprisingly accepted the challenge of former boxing world champion Oscar De La Hoya for what would be a massive multi-generational megafight should it actually come to pass.
McGregor, 31, from Dublin, Ireland, is one of only four UFC fighters to have ever held titles in two different weight classes at the same time. (UFC is back in action tonight at UFC 249. You can order the PPV here via ESPN+.)
Meanwhile, De La Hoya, 47, from Montebello, California, competed as a professional boxer from 1992 to 2008, winning multiple world titles in six different weight classes.
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De La Hoya Was Once Boxing’s Top Box Office Star
Like McGregor is in the MMA world today, De La Hoya was the biggest pay-per-view draw of his generation inside a boxing ring. In fact, De La Hoya’s name still adorns a few of the best-selling PPV events of all-time.
Since retiring, the popular boxing superstar has gone on to become one of the top promoters in the sport, most notably working as the promoter for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and rising phenom Ryan Garcia.
But now it seems De La Hoya wants to climb back inside a boxing ring one more time, and he has a willing dance partner in McGregor.
De La Hoya’s Prediction Has Remained the Same for 2 Years
De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) has long maintained he’d mop the floor with McGregor inside a boxing ring.
The retired boxer said he’d stop the Irish superstar in just two rounds about two years ago when the idea of a superfight between the two combat sports stars first surfaced, and he said the same thing recently during a podcast appearance.
“Oh, come on, brother,” De La Hoya told Brian Campbell on CBS Sports’ State of Combat podcast. “Two rounds. Because one thing about me, one thing about me, I went for the kill always. And look, Conor McGregor is — I love him in The Octagon. I respect him. I watch him all the time. But the boxing ring is a whole different story. It’s a whole different story.”
De La Hoya hasn’t fought since losing via 8th-round stoppage to Manny Pacquiao in 2008.
Unlikely Fight Would Sell Tons of PPVs
McGregor is 0-1 as a professional boxer, but he promised a return to the ring soon after he mopped the floor with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 246 back in January.
After a solid start to his fight back in August 2017, McGregor ultimately lost via 10th-round stoppage to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in one of the biggest superfights in combat sports history.
Ten years before that massive event, De La Hoya also suffered a superfight loss to Mayweather, though De La Hoya’s setback to Mayweather came via split-decision.
While it’s not incredibly likely McGregor vs. De La Hoya will actually happen, it’s at least a possibility now that McGregor has publicly accepted De La Hoya’s challenge.
Moreover, while probably not as big of a seller as McGregor vs. Mayweather 2 would be, or even as big of a draw as McGregor vs. Pacquiao — McGregor vs. De La Hoya would be a massive boxing event that would sell a ton of PPVs.