Boxing Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya has hinted that he may come out of retirement, and first up on his wish list of opponents? Current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
The 44-year-old De La Hoya hasn’t competed since he was knocked out in eight rounds by Manny Pacquiao back in December 2008. He entered the Hall of Fame in 2014 with a career record of 39-6 with 30 knockouts.
“I’ve been working out for the last five months. [My confidence] is how I feel now from my training,” said De La Hoya. “I don’t know what it is, but I’ll tell you now that I’ve never felt so good before in my life.”
McGregor stepped out of the comfort of “The Octagon” and into the boxing ring with Floyd Mayweather Jr., lasting 10 rounds and ultimately losing via technical knockout. De La Hoya famously referred to the Mayweather-McGregor fight as a “farce” while making a point to say that he thought the sport of boxing may never recover from such a bout.
Speaking on a radio show, De La Hoya teased his return to the boxing ring with comments regarding how long he thinks it would take to knock out the 29-year-old McGregor.
“You know I’m competitive,” De La Hoya said. “I still have it in me. I’ve been secretly training, secretly training. I’m faster than ever and stronger than ever. I know I can take out Conor McGregor in two rounds. I’ll come back for that fight. Two rounds. Just one more [fight]. I’m calling him out. Two rounds, that’s all I need. That’s all I’m going to say. You heard it on Golden Boy Radio. Two rounds, that’s all I need.”