By Vladimir Lik
Posted: November 12, 2015
In the December issue of Playboy Magazine hitting newsstands tomorrow, former six-weight world champion Oscar De La Hoya wrote a letter to recently retired Floyd Mayweather to let him know exactly how he feels about him. In the letter, De La Hoya hits Mayweather harder than he ever did when the two met in the ring in 2007.
De La Hoya takes Mayweather to task for being a “boring” fighter who did not take any “risks.” According to De La Hoya, the long awaited megafight with Manny Pacquiao should have taken place five years ago not five months ago.
“That, however, would have been too dangerous. Too risky,” De La Hoya writes. “You’ve made a career out of being cautious. You won’t get in the ring unless you have an edge. Sure you fought some big names. But they were past their prime.”
De La Hoya then goes on to list his opponents alongside Mayweather’s in an attempt to show that the reason he has six losses is because he was not afraid to take risks.
“Me? I got into this business to take chances,” De La Hoya writes. “I took on all comers in their prime.”
De La Hoya accuses Mayweather of taking the easy way out and said boxing fans the world over are glad to see him go.
In an ironic twist, Adrien Broner–who was once a mentee to Mayweather–inadvertently backed De La Hoya’s assertion by going on social media today to respond to Mayweather’s comments earlier this week (via Fight Hype) about Broner being too spoiled. In the video diatribe, Broner reminds Mayweather that it was Mayweather himself who taught him to seek out the greatest reward for the lowest risk.
De La Hoya attacks Mayweather calling it quits with the Andre Berto bout and labels it a “snoozefest” among other choice words. De La Hoya tells Mayweather to take his 49-0 record and take a long walk.
De La Hoya also uses the letter to tout the fight he is promoting next week between his fighter Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto. De La Hoya admits this bout will not do the 4.4 million PPV buys that Mayweather’s bout with Pacquiao did, but the Golden Boy promises that everyone who does tune in will be thrilled.
De La Hoya reminds Mayweather and fans that boxing is in good hands with the likes of Canelo, Gennady Golovkin, Roman Gonzalez and Sergey Kovalev alongside those who De La Hoya considers up-and-comers such as Terence Crawford, Vasyl Lomachenko and Keith Thurman. No surprise all the names he mentions–with the exception of Keith Thurman–are fighters signed to HBO and are not in Al Haymon’s camp.
De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather partnered on many big fights following their clash in 2007. The relationship ended last year after Golden Boy’s CEO Richard Schaefer left the company after a bitter dispute with De La Hoya. Schaefer is a close ally of both Mayweather and Haymon.
What are your thoughts on Oscar De La Hoya’s open letter to Floyd Mayweather?