Oscar De La Hoya is convinced that Conor McGregor won the first round in the eyes of three judges, and the first three rounds on one judge’s scorecard, during Saturday’s bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. because Mayweather allowed him to.
Mayweather went on to win the fight by technical knockout in the 10th round.
“The first four or five rounds, he let him do that,” De La Hoya said Monday on “The MMA Hour.”
“The punches are coming from different angles. It was a bit awkward to watch, actually.”
De La Hoya was also convinced if McGregor took on Canelo Alvarez that the fight wouldn’t have made it to the 10th round.
“After seeing Saturday’s fight, Canelo probably would have knocked [McGregor] out in one round or two rounds,” De La Hoya said. “Canelo is a knockout guy, he’s a guy who’s not gonna trick people into making a fight last longer than it should last.”
Though De La Hoya was critical of McGregor’s performance, he still appreciated his desire to take on Mayweather. But he still believed a fight that included a boxer who’s never competed professionally against a someone like Mayweather shouldn’t have gone down in the first place.
“I respect any fighter that gets into the ring, that’s the bottom line,” De La Hoya said. “The fact that McGregor even tried, there’s huge respect from my part to him. I respect the UFC, I respect any UFC fighter that’s in the Octagon, I respect fighters that put their life on the line. What I’m trying to say is they’re two different sports and I don’t want to see anything like it again.
“I probably will even go to his fight or buy his next fight when he steps into the Octagon again, because he’s an amazing guy.”