Oscar De La Hoya On Mayweather: “Boxing Is Better Without You”

By Staff  |  11/13/2015

Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather

Boxing great Oscar De La Hoya dissed Floyd Mayweather in an open letter recently, saying that now he's retired... boxing is better.

In the letter, which appears in the December edition of Playboy, De La Hoya took shots at Floyd, who retired after his fight with Andre Berto back in September.

"You did it. You made it to the 49-0 mark, a milestone that you like to say only the great Rocky Marciano reached but that was actually achieved by others, including my idol Julio Cesar Chavez -- but who's counting," De La Hoya wrote. "And now you're retiring. Again. (The first time was after our fight in 2007.) This time you say it's for real. You're serious about hanging up the gloves. On to bigger and better things. So I'm writing to you today to wish you a fond farewell. Truth be told, I'm not unhappy to see you retire. Neither are a lot of boxing fans. Scratch that. MOST boxing fans. Why? Because the fight game will be a better one without you in it."

De La Hoya goes on to say Mayweather's fights were boring and only picked fights he could win... including the Berto fight.

"Let's face it: You were boring," De La Hoya wrote. "Just take a look at your most recent performance, your last hurrah in the ring, a 12-round decision against Andre Berto. How to describe it? A bust? A disaster? A snooze fest? An affair so one-sided that on one judge's card Berto didn't win a single round? Everyone in boxing knew Berto didn't have a chance. I think more people watched 'Family Guy' reruns that night than tuned in to that pay-per-view bout. But I didn't mind shelling out $75 for the HD broadcast. In fact it's been a great investment. When my kids have trouble falling asleep, I don't have to read to them anymore. I just play them your Berto fight. They don't make it past round three."