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De La Hoya shuns Pacquiao rematch, wants Mayweather, Golovkin, Alvarez

Roy Luarca
De La Hoya shuns Pacquiao rematch, wants Mayweather, Golovkin, Alvarez

PACMAN. Manny Pacquiao has retired several boxers, including Oscar De La Hoya.

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Oscar De La Hoya says a rematch against Manny Pacquiao 'wouldn't be the right style' for him if he ever returns to boxing

Getting beaten by Manny Pacquiao once is enough for Oscar de la Hoya.

The six-division world champion would rather battle Gennady Golovkin, Floyd Mayweather, or Canelo Alvarez than have a rematch with the Filipino ring icon.

“Manny Pacquiao is a guy who has so much energy and he is a southpaw,” De La Hoya told Snow Queen LA. “We do have history together where obviously he beat me, but it just wouldn’t be the right style for me at this moment of my life.”

Pacquiao battered De La Hoya into submission before the ninth round in 2008, forcing the 1992 Barcelona Olympic gold medalist into retirement.

The coronavirus-induced lockdown, however, gave De La Hoya, who is turning 48 years old in February, ample time to spare in the ring and work himself back into fighting shape.

Mike Tyson also made a successful return at 54 by way of an exhibition against Roy Jones Jr, further inspiring De La Hoya to make another boxing run.

“You know how easy GGG would be for me? Oh my gosh. It would be a high-profile fight, that’s for sure,” De La Hoya told “I always took a good shot and I always took apart fighters like him. In my mind it would be that easy. I would definitely consider it, that’s for sure.”

As for Alvarez, De La Hoya said his former star fighter with Golden Boy Promotions is in consideration, next to Mayweather.

“I would definitely think about it (fighting Alvarez),” De La Hoya told Fight Hub TV’s Marcos Villegas. “But my eye is on a bigger prize.”

“I’ve always prided myself in fighting the very best, so why go after the second best?” said De La Hoya. “Why not go after the guy that beat him? Why not go after Mayweather, for instance, in a revenge fight? That’s something that’s very intriguing. We’ll see how I feel, and then we’ll take it from there.”

Clearly, only one thing is certain for De La Hoya: No more Pacquiao. –

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