Oscar De La Hoya was in Las Vegas as a fan of the sport but also as part of a business trip.

The Hall of Fame former six-division champion and head of Golden Boy Promotions sat ringside to watch Brooklyn’s Teofimo Lopez Jr. (17-1, 13KOs) rebound from his lone defeat with a seventh-round stoppage of Mexico’s Pedro Campa (34-2-1, 23KOs) at Resorts World Casino in Las Vegas. His interest in the ESPN main event was both out of friendship with the former lightweight champ and to scout a potential opponent for unbeaten contender Ryan Garcia.

“I’m good friends with Teofimo. He actually DM’d me and invited us to the fight,” De La Hoya, Garcia’s promoter, explained to ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna during the ESPN telecast. “I was more than happy to.

“Coincidentally, Ryan Garcia is in his weight class and looking for a dance partner. Obviously, there’s talk about Tank, and Ryan fighting Tank. I want to explore options. Why not? We want to fight the very best.”

Garcia (23-0, 19KOs) is coming off a sixth-round knockout of Javier Fortuna this past July 16 at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. The fight took place at the 140-pound limit, marking his second straight fight outside of lightweight where is a current top contender. Lopez officially debuted as a full-fledged junior welterweight with Saturday’s win over Campa, after having campaigned at lightweight where he enjoyed a lineal championship and unified title reign.

There were talks after the Fortuna fight of Garcia possibly remaining at 140, specifically targeting Lopez. That conversation overlaps ongoing discussions for a blockbuster fight with unbeaten box-office star and knockout artist Gervonta Davis (27-0, 25KOs), who currently holds a secondary WBA lightweight title.

All three young stars fight on separate platforms, which always adds difficulty in getting such fights made.

Lopez is with Top Rank, who promoted much of De La Hoya’s career and who has enjoyed an exclusive output deal with ESPN since 2017. Davis is directly tied to Showtime as a centerpiece attraction of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) and having spent the past seven years under Mayweather Promotions. DAZN has invested heavily into the present and future of Garcia, eager to remain in that business regardless of which fight—if either—comes to play.

“I think both fights could be made,” insisted De La Hoya. “[PBC creator] Al Haymon is Tank’s adviser, obviously. Bob Arum, I worked with him forever. I think both fights (could happen).”

All three fighters are eyeing a ring return in December. Lopez specifically revealed plans to headline a December 10 show immediately following ESPN’s coverage of the annual Heisman Trophy award presentation honoring the top college football player. However, he also claimed the event will air “in the big room this time. Madison Square Garden, December 10. Heisman trophy night on ESPN Pay-Per-View,” though the PPV part is yet to be confirmed.

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox