CONOR MCGREGOR HAD reportedly been earmarked - but not confirmed - for the UFC's end-of-year show in Las Vegas on 30 December. He would also have marginally more chance of success against an older fighter who has been inactive for almost a decade and lost four out of his last seven bouts.
De La Hoya did say that if a fight could be made it would have to be in the ring as he had no intention of meeting McGregor in the cage, where he admitted "he would freaking destroy me". I'm faster than ever and stronger than ever.
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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. You heard it on Golden Boy Radio.
De La Hoya, who retired in 2009 after a one-sided defeat Manny Pacquiao, won 10 world titles in six different weight classes and is regarded as one of the finest boxers of his generation.
"Let's get it straight: In the cage, he would freaking destroy me".
According to a source of ESPN, De La Hoya is truly considering a comeback, even if it doesn't involve McGregor.
It's not clear if De La Hoya is being entirely serious. He is expected to return to the Octagon next but said after the Mayweather bout he would consider all of his options and would not rule out a return to boxing in the future.