De La Hoya: Mayweather Insecure, Catchweight Won't Help

By Rick Reeno

Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya believes Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26KOs) is feeling a sense of insecurity with the upcoming fight against WBC/WBA junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (42-0-1, 30KOs).

The fight takes place at a catch-weight of 152-pounds. Mayweather had previously fought at the full junior middleweight limit of 154 on two occasions, against De La Hoya in 2007 and last year against Miguel Cotto. Both fights were tough outings for the pound-for-pound king, with Mayweather winning both by way of twelve round decision.

De La Hoya says the fact that a catch-weight is in place for this match, signals that Mayweather is taking Canelo far more seriously than other past opponents.

"Obviously the fact that he's asking for a catch-weight, already there are insecurities. Right from the start [there are insecurities]. I read somewhere, where Canelo mentioned, or someone mentioned that [Canelo] won round one - well he won round one. It's funny because the weight of 152 - it's not going to help Mayweather. On the contrary, its going to benefit Canelo," De La Hoya told

De La Hoya explained how Canelo will benefit from the catch-weight clause.

"For this fight, Canelo is going to have a nutritionist, which he's never hard before. He's going to have his team in his corner, but the key is getting the nutritionist - that's going to make him stronger, make him faster. The key is not being strong, the key against Mayweather is being fast and to be in great shape - and that's what Canelo is going to be on September 14th," De La Hoya said.

When De La Hoya fought Mayweather, he came very close to handing Floyd his first pro loss. One judge had De La Hoya winning 115-113, while the other two sided with Mayweather with scores of 115-113 and 116-112. De La Hoya says his key weapon was the jab - something that most fighters forget to use these days.

"I've always preached for years that in order to beat that kind of style - you need a jab. A jab is a lost art form. Fighters forgot about the jab. [Fighters] are just looking to knock everybody's head off," De La Hoya said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by richardt on 06-12-2013

[QUOTE=Big Dunn;13467252]you took that as him saying he's a better person than manny and not as him making cotto look more like a threat? seriously? ok.[/QUOTE]He didn't just say he thought Cotto was undefeated, he took a stab at Manny…

Comment by Jack Napier on 06-12-2013

Floyd is always insecure but he doesn't even need the catchweight to win this fight Alvarez could weight 180 and he'd still lose his size is only gonna make him even slower the fight will be a boring Floyd exhibition…

Comment by The Big Dunn on 06-12-2013

[QUOTE=HeroBando;13467215]He stated it 18 months ago as a 21 year old. He was probably 164 fight night. So why the catchweight then, the guy is not even a big SWW? I mean he can make 150, and will be able…

Comment by The Big Dunn on 06-12-2013

[QUOTE=richardt;13467195]Wrong! Floyd said " I AM NOT THAT KIND OF GUY!" That is stating a PRINCIPLE! He would have omitted that if he wasn't trying to make the public think he is better than that, which he obviously is not.…

Comment by HeroBando on 06-12-2013

[QUOTE=Big Dunn;13467181]Nice try. but canelo didn't make an offer- he stated what he would do for a floyd fight. floyd didn't stae principles-he hyped up cotto for his fight by claiming he felt cotto was undefeated because of the CW.…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (201)
Top Headlines Boxer Tries To Leave The Ring Mid-Count After Being Dropped Roach: Pacquiao Has Been Hurting Me, Expect a Different Manny! Former World Champion Seriously Injured, Attacked With a Sword "Fighting Words" - Breaking Down 2016's Fighter of the Year Race Golovkin's Coach: GGG Beats Kovalev, Ward and Stevenson David Lemieux: I'm Not 100% Satisfied With The Rios Win Klitschko Confirms Title Fight, Won't Confirm The Opponent Sergey Lipinets To Face Lenny Z on Charlo vs. Williams PBC Card Photos: David Lemieux Powers Past Cristian Fabian Rios Joseph Parker vs. Andy Ruiz Could Head To The United States Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Dominik Britsch on December 10 Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera No Longer Rivals - Photo Roy Jones: If No Canelo, Golovkin Must Take a Risk and Move Up! Video: Buboy Fernandez Breaks Down Pacquiao vs. Vargas Bout Video: Manny Pacquiao Discusses Camp, Vargas Fight, More Roy Jones Jr: I'm Addicted To Boxing, No Retirement Right Now Frankie Gavin Rules Out Retirement, Wants Eggington Rematch Parker's Promoter Faces Resistance on Funding For Ruiz Event Frank Warren Details Thoughts on WBA/WBO Heavyweight Belts Jorge Linares Targets Mikey Garcia, Hopes To Face Him in 2017 Judah: Brook Showed Golovkin is Not Invincible, Canelo Can Win Photos: Sam Eggington Drills Frankie Gavin in Birmingham War Photos: Craig Cunningham Shocks Anthony Ogogo By TKO Pacquiao's Co-Trainer Expects Vargas To Fall in Later Rounds Chavez Sr: My Son Will Continue Relationship With Al Haymon De La Hoya: I Knew Pacquiao Would Beat Me Up, I Was a Dead Man Provodnikov, Pirog, Avanesyan, Troyanovsky Part of Reality Show Eduardo Hernandez Blasts Out Victor Terrazas in Two Rounds Luis Nery Closes in on Title Shot at Bantamweight David Lemieux Dominates Cristian Fabian Rios, Wins Decision Steven Butler Crushes Trotter in One, Maduma is Upset Photos: Manny Pacquiao Mobbed as He Arrives in Los Angeles Kevin Lerena Edges Micki Nielsen: Budler, Van Heerden Win Mikey Garcia Aims To Make a Statement With Dejan Zlaticanin Vazquez: I Took 'Worst Deal of My Career' To Get Juanma in There Marquez: I Beat Pacquiao Four Times, No Reason For Fifth Time! Jamie Cox Outpoints Rios in Foul-Fest, Wins WBO Regional Belt Sam Eggington Drops, Batters Frankie Gavin for Knockout in Eight Craig Cunningham Drops, Shocks Anthony Ogogo For TKO Win Kal Yafai Wins, Faces Luis Concepcion on 12/10 in Manchester

Latest Active Forum Threads