By Robert Morales
Oscar De La Hoya on Monday afternoon walked into Fortune Gym in Hollywood, Calif. He was there to help play host to a media day featuring four of the fighters scheduled to compete on Saturday's card at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
As soon as De La Hoya entered the gym, reporters were on him. One from BoxingScene.com asked him why he told Univision during a June television interview that an accord for a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. was close to being reached. Especially since, according to Mayweather adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, no negotiations ever took place - something backed by Richard Schaefer, CEO of De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions; De La Hoya's company helps Mayweather promote his fights.
This was De La Hoya's answer to a question posed in June, by Univision reporters, wanting to know what was happening with the talks: "Up until now, it's been a very difficult negotiation process for various reasons, but right now we're very close. We're very close in finalizing the contracts that were once very complicated. The two fighters now realize that this fight must be made. It has to be made because the boxing fans want to see it happen and right now it's the biggest fight that can be made in the world. It's going to be a big, big fight. I think right now we are very, very close in finalizing the contracts. I can't talk right now in detail about the negotiations, but I will say that we are very close."
Asked about that Monday, De La Hoya's face took on a very serious look.
"I think I said it because I get the question asked so many times that, obviously, I was fed up and tired of it and I just said like, yeah, yeah, it's gonna get made," De La Hoya said to BoxingScene.com.
"So it was a quick answer that I should have obviously thought about. But, obviously, negotiations weren't going on. Nothing was going on. Like I said, Mayweather has the key to making that fight happen."