Mayweather-De La Hoya - WBC Prez Hopes To End The Bad Blood

By Miguel Rivera

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman has revealed that he, and promoter Pepe Gomez of Mexico, are planning to stage a tribute to former six division world champion Oscar De La Hoya.

The event is being put together in the coming months, to take place in Cancun, Mexico.

As part of the tribute - Sulaiman plans to invite some of De La Hoya's past opponents to attend - and one of those opponents that Suliaman plans to invite is Floyd Mayweather Jr.


Some of the other opponents to receive invites will be Manny Pacquiao, Bernard Hopkins, Julio Cesar Chavez and Shane Mosley.

Sulaiman believes the Cancun event would be the perfect opportunity for Mayweather and De La Hoya to reconcile.

He says the two retired fighters, now owners of their own promotional companies, should bury the hatchet and come together to stage events that are attractive to the public.

Their rivalry has been going on for nearly twenty years. And it first began when Floyd Mayweather Sr. - who at the time was not speaking to his son - became the head trainer for De La Hoya.

The two boxers faced each other in 2007, with Mayweather winning a split decision, in what was the richest fight in boxing history. The financial records of that event would stay in place until they were broken by Mayweather's 2015 showdown with Manny Pacquiao. 

De La Hoya's company, Golden Boy, co-promoted Mayweather's events from 2007 to 2014. But even during that time period, Mayweather and De La Hoya would often trade words in the press. 

Pepe Gomez, who will assist with putting together the tribute, hopes Sulaiman can persuade Mayweather to attend.

"I'm going to ask Mauricio to help us with Mayweather," Gomez said. "We are going to create a suite for [De La Hoya] like we did for Chavez. We want to do Oscar's and he will become a suite corridor inside the hotel, the first resort in the world that focuses and supports the sport via these suites with the names of champions."

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