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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is reportedly “open” to a potential rematch with Oscar De La Hoya.
TMZ Sports reported Saturday sources
close to Mayweather said the boxing match would be contingent on De
La Hoya proving he can deliver a nine-figure payday after making that
offer in an interview with TMZ earlier this week.
“You know who I’m gonna call out
for my next fight? Floyd Mayweather,” De La Hoya said. “I’ll offer Floyd Mayweather $100 million.”
The boxing superstars previously faced
off in a highly anticipated May 2007 encounter.
Mayweather, 44, won that clash by split
decision. While there were plans for a potential rematch, “Money” opted instead to enter the first of several in-ring retirements
following a win over Ricky Hatton in December 2007.
The former five-division world champion
has since scored wins over Shane Mosley, Saul “Canelo”
Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao, among others, while improving his career
record to 50-0.
Mayweather’s last official fight was a
knockout of UFC star Conor McGregor in August 2017, though he’s taken
on a couple of exhibitions, including a June event with YouTuber Logan
“There’s no more real fights for me,” he told Lance Pugmire of The Athletic before the Paul bout. “Only
It sounds like a guaranteed $100
million check could get him to change that stance.
Meanwhile, De La Hoya last fought in
December 2008 when he lost to Pacquiao.
The 48-year-old Los Angeles native was
set to return for an exhibition fight with MMA fighter Vitor Belfort
on Sept. 11, but he was forced to withdraw because of COVID-19. His
preparations for that showcase made him realize he may still have
something left in the tank, though.
“I’ve been training for quite a
while now, and I actually sparred the other day, and I didn’t know I
was that good?” De La Hoya told DAZN’s Chris Mannix in March. “I
forgot how good I was. There’s something there, I want to keep
sparring, keep training. I want to see how my body holds up.”
While there would certainly be interest
in a rematch between two of the sport’s longtime headliners, it’s
unclear whether The Golden Boy could deliver a $100 million purse to
Mayweather and still have enough to make the event worthwhile for
himself. Sources from Mayweather’s camp told TMZ they “highly
doubt” it’ll happen.
That said, for now, the ball is back in
De La Hoya’s court.