Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

De La Hoya Still Gives Mayweather The Edge on Pacquiao

By Keith Idec

Oscar De La Hoya hopes Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao finally fight just as much as anyone.

His company, Golden Boy Promotions, works with Mayweather and stands to make millions if Mayweather and Pacquiao ever agree to meet in what likely would be the most lucrative event in boxing history. Mayweather makes it known whenever he gets the opportunity that he doesn’t like De La Hoya personally, but “The Golden Boy” still thinks the undefeated five-division champion would beat the Filipino superstar.

De La Hoya’s opinion matters more than most, of course, because he is one of five fighters who has faced Mayweather and Pacquiao.

“We’ve worked with Mayweather now for the last six of his fights,” De La Hoya told NBC Sports Network during an interview taped over the weekend at a celebrity golf tournament in Stateline, Nev., near Lake Tahoe. “Great fighter, great athlete, great reflexes.

“I think stylistically, Mayweather has the upper hand because of the fact that he’s faster and that he’s more precise. Pacquiao, he’s a machine. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a tremendous fighter. It would be a tremendous fight. But I would give the edge to Mayweather.”

Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) defeated De La Hoya by split decision in their 12-round fight for the WBC super welterweight title five years ago in Las Vegas. Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) dominated De La Hoya for eight rounds, despite De La Hoya’s significant size advantage, and made the 1992 gold medalist quit on his stool.

The 39-year-old De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) hasn’t fought since Pacquiao pummeled him 3½ years ago in Las Vegas. Though the East Los Angeles native has kept himself in tremendous physical shape, he doesn’t expect to box again.

He does wonder, however, what would’ve happened if he had met Mayweather and Pacquiao when he was in the prime of a 16-year pro career that should send him into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in a couple years. De La Hoya was 34 when he fought Mayweather, who was 30, and was 35 when he opposed Pacquiao, who was 11 days shy of his 30th birthday.

“I would have to give the edge to myself,” De La Hoya said. “If I was in my prime, it probably would’ve been a different story. Who knows? I mean, I don’t know. I’m just saying.”

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 GRUSTLER on 07-26-2012

[QUOTE=waxfondler;12372065][B]in '08-'09, pacquiao wouldve out-hustled floyd [/B]to a close decision, winning over the judges with affective aggression, punch output, & relentless pressure/speed. currently, both fighters' styles are evolving... floyd is more active & offensive-minded & pacquiao is letting off the…

Comment by waxfondler on 07-25-2012

in '08-'09, pacquiao wouldve out-hustled floyd to a close decision, winning over the judges with affective aggression, punch output, & relentless pressure/speed. currently, both fighters' styles are evolving... floyd is more active & offensive-minded & pacquiao is letting off the…

Comment by Goldie on 07-25-2012

[QUOTE=trainhard_187;12367930]He didnt just ask him for a drug test he accused him for PED's.. Accusations like that clearly mean you dont want to fight the guy and please done lecture me on "Floyd just wants an even playing field" dont…

Comment by Imatroll on 07-25-2012

Who cares this fights never going to happen. Lets move on

Comment by KRAFTSMAN on 07-25-2012

[QUOTE=Reloaded;12371878]Mannys biggest wins were with a CW lol he cant win against a live one unless they drained ,,, the reality is Manny has been exposed as a fake without even getting flogged by Floyd , he dont want Floyd…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (138)
Top Headlines Murat Gassiev's Title Win Continues New Cruiserweight Trend Romain Jacob, Due to Vision Issues, Retires From Boxing Parker's Promoter Rips Haye For Taking Easy Route, Easy Money Danny Roman vs. Adam Lopez - WBA Eliminator on ShoBox, 1/20 Ellerbe Couldn't Care Less About McGregor's Trash Talk, Motives Nicholas Walters Vows Redemption: I Will Be Back Even Better! "Fighting Words" - Five Biggest Storylines From This Busy Coming Weekend Kovalev Calls Ward 'Son of Judges,' Mocks Surprised Look In Tweet Michael Katsidis is Latest To Pursue Conor McGregor Payday Video: Andrew Tabiti Talks Career Status, Cruiserweight Division Joseph Parker Taking Klitschko Lessons in The Ring With Ruiz Video: Badou Jack Talks Kovalev-Ward, Mayweather-McGregor Gassiev: I Was Surprised at How Tough Lebedev Was, He Hits Hard Ed Brown, 25, Passes Away Sunday Following Fatal Shooting Andy Ruiz Hits New Zealand Feeling Strong, Confident of Victory Video: Bermane Stiverne Discusses Alexander Povetkin Title Fight Juan Carlos Reveco Bounces Back With Wide Points Win Photos: Murat Gassiev, Denis Lebedev Wage War in Moscow Troyanovsky: I Never Saw The Punch, I Hope To Get a Rematch Murat Gassiev-Denis Lebedev: Post-Fight Report Card Saunders Admits Weight Issue, Needed 6 Months To Drop From 210 Photos: Jesus Cuellar Grinding Hard For Abner Mares Title Defense Fan Favorite Jose Ramirez Wants To Bring HBO Card To Fresno Zlaticanin: I Plan To Knock Mikey Garcia Out, He's Easy To Hit! Chavez Jr. Admits: If I Don't Beat Britsch - Then It's Time To Go! Photos: Billy Joe Saunders Looks Poor in Lackluster Akavov Win Billy Joe Saunders: I'll Do My Two Mandatories, Then a Big Fight Frank Warren Sees Bradley Skeete Going For World Title in 2017 Tony Bellew Hints That David Haye is Broke: His Life is in Turmoil! Julian Williams: I'm More Focused, I Definitely Went The Extra Mile Marcos Villasana Jr. Knocks Out Jorge Luis Rodriguez In Eight McGregor: F*** Mayweather's Manager, I Hold All The Numbers! Johnny Navarrete Shocks Jorge Paez Jr. - Retirement Looms? Ed Brown is Fighting For His Life After Being Shot in The Head Saunders: I Called Out GGG, Now I'm Embarrassed By Performance Michael Conlan: McGregor Will Carry Irish Flag at My Pro Debut Photos: Andy Ruiz Hits New Zealand For Joseph Parker Showdown Billy Joe Saunders vs. Artur Akavov - CompuBox Punch Stats Freddie Roach Impressed: Murat Gassiev Was a Beast in There Murat Gassiev vs. Denis Lebedev - CompuBox Punch Stats
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement