Oscar De La Hoya has penned a letter to boxing fans, urging them to turn their backs on the possible Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Conor McGregor boxing match.
As former 10-time champion De La Hoya works to promote the Sept. 16 middleweight title bout between unbeaten, three-belt champion Gennady Golovkin and Mexico’s most popular fighter, former two-division champion Canelo Alvarez, his cause has been distracted by attention on Mayweather-McGregor.
That match would pit boxing’s 40-year-old, retired Mayweather (49-0), who left as the sport’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter, against UFC lightweight champion McGregor, a skilled striker who became the first UFC fighter to simultaneously wear two belts in November.
But De La Hoya is among many boxing veterans who foresee a one-sided outcome that could potentially turn fans against his sport again, as happened in Mayweather’s boring 2015 victory against Manny Pacquiao in the richest fight in history.
On his Facebook page Thursday, De La Hoya wrote:
To my fellow boxing fans:
I write in the hopes that together we can protect the sport of boxing.
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.
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