Oscar De La Hoya is not opposed to a Ryan Garcia-Sean O’Malley fight.

De La Hoya, Golden Boy Promotions chairman and CEO, was recently in New York to promote the Devin Haney-Ryan Garcia fight, scheduled for April 20 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

As for a potential next move for Garcia, De La Hoya’s fighter, the Golden Boy claimed in an interview with The MMA Hour to be open to a much different type of fight: a matchup with the current UFC bantamweight champion.

“Fighting this kid would obviously put money in his pocket, would elevate his status worldwide, globally,” De La Hoya said of the benefits of an O’Malley fight for Garcia. “That is what a fighter wants. They want to make a lot of money. They want to become popular. They want to become the man.”

Can the same be said of promoters? De La Hoya said the lead-up to Garcia-O’Malley would make for “a helluva a promotion,” not least because of his ongoing and public rivalry with UFC president Dana White. In fact, he says he is willing to take that rivalry a step further.

“I would actually entertain that,” De La Hoya said, “because Ryan could fight in the main event with this kid, and maybe I can [fight] Dana in the co-main.”

The 25-year-old Garcia (24-1, 20 KOs) shocked everyone when he proposed that a fight with the 29-year-old O’Malley (MMA record of 17-1, 1 NC) would be contested in mixed martial arts format. If so, Garcia would be the first notable boxer to enter the octagon since James Toney was unceremoniously defeated by Randy Couture in 2010.

Garcia, who last year moved from the Southern California area to Dallas to train with his new head coach Derrick James, currently has no official MMA bouts.