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De La Hoya on Mayweather-McGregor: We Have the Real Fight!

By Keith Idec

Oscar De La Hoya is less concerned these days than he once was with the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor fight cutting into the business that can be done by the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin showdown his company is promoting.

Alvarez’s promoter has been encouraged by differing fan and media reaction recently to those two pay-per-view events. Before Mayweather-McGregor was officially announced for August 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, De La Hoya went as far as to post an open letter to fans on Facebook, in which he implored them to ignore the Mayweather-McGregor spectacle.

The long-awaited Alvarez-Golovkin middleweight title fight will take place three weeks later, September 16, at T-Mobile Arena. Mayweather-McGregor ($100) will cost roughly $25 more to watch in HD than Alvarez-Golovkin ($75), but is considered a financial threat to Alvarez-Golovkin because it’ll take place first and just three weeks earlier.

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During a conference call Tuesday to promote Alvarez-Golovkin, De La Hoya reiterated that Mayweather-McGregor isn’t “a real fight.” Las Vegas’ Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) is 40 and hasn’t fought since September 2015, but Ireland’s McGregor (21-3, 18 KOs in MMA) will make his professional boxing debut against an opponent considered the best boxer of this generation.

“We’re concentrating on our fight,” De La Hoya said during a conference call Tuesday. “We’re concentrating on our event, our fight. Obviously, we have the real fight. We have a serious fight. It’s a serious fight, a serious event, two of the best fighters fighting each other. And I think the fans have recognized that.

“They’ve recognized that and so have the sponsors and a lot of media people. They’ve recognized that this is the real fight. This is the fight that they wanna be at. This is the fight that they wanna see. A clear indication is we sold out in 10 days. And I feel that fans are recognizing that this is the fight that’s the real fight. And that’s what they want.”

Mexico’s Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) will fight for Golovkin’s IBF, IBO and WBA middleweight titles. Alvarez has repeatedly stated that he won’t fight for the WBC title Golovkin owns.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by iamboxing on 08-09-2017

The real fight is GGG/Canelo, but imploring fans on facebook to not watch Mayweather is a bit too much

Comment by Nicoya415 on 08-09-2017

[QUOTE=lparm;17931965]Connor has an iron jaw he doesn't get dropped and has barely been stunned with 4 ounce gloves. His straight left would've ripped dlh apart just like Manny did to him.[/QUOTE] you are delusional first of all Oscar was on…

Comment by Gillie on 08-09-2017

[QUOTE=Nicoya415;17931963]You must be dumb. Oscar had one of the best left hooks in the game[/QUOTE] He was sick in his prime. When I looked back at the pound for pound rankings from back in the day, he was ranked first…

Comment by Santa_ on 08-09-2017

It's going to be the Fight Of The Year :boxing: Don't worry floyd fans, may-mac will still win circus Fight Of The Year.

Comment by T.M.T on 08-09-2017

De la holic still butt hurt .

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