OSCAR DE LA HOYA
Oscar De La Hoya is the biggest pay-per-view draw in boxing history.
In an interview with the Philipino newspaper the Manila Bulletin, De La Hoya recently said he would be willing to fight popular pound-for-pound champion Manny Pacquiao in December. According to De La Hoya,
“If Manny’s serious, I will consider doing this.”
Manny Pacquiao is most definitely serious. According to ESPN boxing guru Dan Rafael, Pacquiao is “hungry” for a fight against De La Hoya. The fight could bring Pacquiao a career payday-at least $20 million. De La Hoya was supposed to conclude his legendary career against Floyd Mayweather with another big paycheck. Those plans were thwarted by Mayweather’s sudden retirement.
A battle against Pacquiao may actually be more appealing and do bigger numbers than another Mayweather matchup. Although De La Hoya fought better than some expected, the first Mayweather/De La Hoya bout wasn’t exactly compelling television.
The proposed De La Hoya/Pacquiao fight would take place December 6th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It would mark De La Hoya’s final fight. According to Rafael, Pacquiao was looking for a quick payday versus Ricky Hatton, but he’s already scheduled to fight in November.