In his time as a fighter, De La Hoya claimed ten world titles in six different weight classes before going on to establish himself as a successful promoter of the likes of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, Miguel Cotto and Jorge Linares.
The head of the Golden Boy promotion called out McGregor yesterday during an interview on the newly launched show, "Golden Boy Radio With Tattoo and the Crew".
2017 might go down the most lucrative year in Conor McGregor's entire career but it's also been the most controversial by far.
"I had some executives from UFC contact me within two hours after what occurred and they basically said to me that it's completely unacceptable in their eyes and that they will be doing something", Mazzulli said during an appearance on The MMA Hour. De La Hoya reckons that even as his advanced age of 44 years old he could beat McGregor in a boxing match. I've been secretly training, secretly training.
And before we write the bout off as an impossibility, let's all remember that everybody dismissed the initial talk of Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor as absolutely ridiculous but then August came around and they actually met in the ring.
McGregor stepped out of the comfort of "The Octagon" and into the boxing ring with Floyd Mayweather Jr., lasting 10 rounds and ultimately losing via technical knockout. I'm faster than ever and stronger than ever.
De La Hoya also apparently conceded that McGregor would "destroy" him in the cage, which, yes, is a given. The question is whether the public would be interested in seeing De La Hoya-McGregor.
After training partner and close friend Charlie Ward got his hand raised in his promotional debut at Bellator 187 last weekend, McGregor scaled the cage in Dublin's 3Arena and shoved referee Marc Goddard, an official with whom the UFC lightweight champion has previous. In a bout that nearly surely would draw considerably less?
Whether De La Hoya is serious about a ring return remains to be seen.