OSCAR DE LA HOYA
The 42-year-old former boxing champ, who called it quits in 2009—two years after losing a split decision to Floyd Mayweather—explains why he isn't a fan of Mayweather's style in the ring.
MAGGIE GRAY:You recently said boxing will be better off without Floyd Mayweather. Explain that.
OSCAR DE LA HOYA: I come from the old generation of watching fights and being on the edge of my seat because the guys are knocking each other down and there is blood and great action. I just don't get that when I watch Mayweather. I respect his talent. I respect his boxing ability, but [his style] is not my cup of tea. I would rather see a knockdown. I would rather see a knockout and get my money's worth and be excited about watching a fight.
MG:Do you think Mayweather is going to stay retired?
ODLH: No. I think he's going to come back and fight again. There are rumblings that there may be a rematch with [Manny] Pacquiao. If you think about it, even if [a Pacquiao rematch] does half the business as the first fight, it's still a win for everybody.
MG:Would you give him [Mayweather] a rematch?
ODLH: No. It's too late. I'm sure he would give me a rematch.
ODLH: Yeah, he's asked. I did try to come back. A couple of months ago I was thinking about coming back because I love the sport. I love the action, and I miss the adrenaline rush. So I was waking up at like five in the morning, running 10 miles and actually sparring. I got close. But then for days after that hard training, I couldn't get out of bed. I was sore. It's old age. This is a young man's sport.
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