Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Commissioner says Conor McGregor off UFC 219 card after 3 Arena incident

Commissioner says Conor McGregor off UFC 219 card after 3 Arena incident

Oscar De La Hoya is looking to fight Conor McGregor if he makes a comeback to boxing. At age 44 and just a few months away from 45 and after being away from a competitive ring for a decade, coming back now to take on McGregor would be quite a challenge, especially since McGregor just showed he could hang tougher than many expected against the 40-year old Mayweather.

"I've been secretly training", De La Hoya declared on Golden Boy Radio. Secretly training. I'm faster than ever, and stronger than ever.

Conor McGregor will not be seen inside the Octagon again before 2018 after his actions at a Bellator event in Dublin on Friday night. "I think that's very important to understand that fighter safety is the most important thing in the world because without fighter safety, this sport would not proceed to the next level like it always has".

And De La Hoya, who won 39 fights out of 45 including 30 knockouts in his career, has boldly claimed he could defeat reigning UFC Lightweight Champion McGregor in just two rounds. Two rounds. That's all I need.

And before we write the bout off as an impossibility, let's all remember that everybody dismissed the initial talk of Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor as absolutely ridiculous but then August came around and they actually met in the ring.

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De La Hoya, who is now chief executive of boxing promotion company Golden Boy, was the biggest star of his era, capturing an Olympic gold medal in Barcelona in 1992 and 10 world titles in six weight divisions as a professional.

It's been nearly nine years since De La Hoya last fought but, having seen the money that was made when Mayweather dusted off his gloves to school "The Notorious" in his boxing debut, De La Hoya is eager to earn a similar payday.

"He would destroy me".

But the California-born boxer believes he "still has it in him" to take on the Irishman in the ring. "You know I still have it in me".

A match between De La Hoya and McGregor seems plausible. That would be tough to match, but if there's a healthy paycheck involved for both fighters, you can never say never.

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