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De La Hoya Denies Rumor of Facing Canelo-Mosley Winner

By Keith Idec

Oscar De La Hoya dismissed rumors of a comeback during a press conference today in Las Vegas to promote the Saul Alvarez-Shane Mosley 154-pound title fight Saturday night.

Without prompting, “The Golden Boy” said he would not consider fighting the winner between the 21-year-old Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs), whom De La Hoya’s company promotes, and the 40-year-old Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KOs, 1 NC), to whom De La Hoya has lost twice.

“The rumors that have been circulating, I’ve been hearing, it’s just rumors, that I’ll be fighting the winner of this fight,” De La Hoya said. “That’s not true. These guys are too difficult for me. This guy here on my left [Mosley] beat me twice already and this guy [Alvarez], I don’t even want to think of facing him.”

De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions has been grooming Alvarez, already a big star in Mexico, as boxing’s next superstar in the United States. He joked later in the press conference that he knew “it was over” for him when he exited a limo with Alvarez in Mexico recently and Alvarez attracted all the attention from fans, leaving De La Hoya standing basically by himself.

The 39-year-old De La Hoya hasn’t fought since Manny Pacquiao dominated him in stunning fashion nearly 3½ years ago in a welterweight fight De La Hoya was heavily favored to win because of his size advantage. De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) retired after that fight, having won world titles in six weight classes and as the biggest non-heavyweight pay-per-view draw in boxing history.

His May 2007 fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26 KOs), who’ll face Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) in the main event Saturday night at MGM Grand, remains the most successful pay-per-view event in the history of the sport (2.45 million buys).

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Carlos Alberto on 05-04-2012

[QUOTE=Babalu11;12077217]De la Hoya won that 2nd fight IMO. Plus Mosley was on PEDs, dont know why Oscar never tried to change it to a No Contest.[/QUOTE] I think Oscar is gonna appeal to get that changed to a NC, but…

Comment by Babalu11 on 05-04-2012

De la Hoya won that 2nd fight IMO. Plus Mosley was on PEDs, dont know why Oscar never tried to change it to a No Contest.

Comment by Fighting Pride on 05-04-2012

DLH trying to make himself relevant again, since Schaefer seems to have taken more of a lead role in the promotion, diminishing Oscar's role as the figurehead. Either that or he's just trying to create more hype for his hype-job.…

Comment by raf727 on 05-04-2012

[QUOTE=spoonwars;12076399]Oscar hearing rumors from who...[/QUOTE] That was my thoughts, whatever makes him happy though.

Comment by nycsmooth on 05-04-2012

all 3 are nothing now...Mosley was the best of the 3...Canelo ducks the 1's he should be fighting...any of the "famous" 3 vs Lara???

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