While a lot of fight fans are hype about the potential prospect of seeing UFC star Conor McGregor fight Floyd Mayweather in a boxing superfight, some aren’t happy about it.
Boxing legend/Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya issued an open letter to boxing fans this week, encouraging them to stay away from the hyped Mayweather-McGregor fight.
Why? Because he feels it will ruin the sport long-term.
“To my fellow boxing fans, I write in the hopes that together we can protect the sport of boxing,” De La Hoya wrote. “With each passing day, it looks more and more likely that the circus known as Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor will be coming to town in the near future. As undercard fights start to take form, athletic commissions give their blessings in exchange for millions of dollars, and the fighters start counting even more cash, one group will eventually be left to make sure this farce doesn’t occur — we, the fans, who are the lifeblood of our sport.”
De La Hoya goes on to say that the Mayweather-McGregor fight would severaly impact boxing negatively, in a time where its already lacking in stars, though the sport had already an impressive year, with fights like Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko, Keith Thurman-Danny Garcia, Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs and Canelo Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
He says boxing was only beginning to “dig out of the hole”, after the boring Mayweather-Pacquiao fight “that ended up being as dull as it was anti-climactic.”
Read De La Hoya’s full letter below. Do you agree with him?