Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya believes the proposed fight between MMA star Conor McGregor and boxing star Floyd Mayweather could literally ruin the sport he cherishes.
In a lengthy Facebook post, The Golden Boy lays out his argument with precision, urging fans of boxing not to spend money on the pay-per-view.
To my fellow #boxing fans: I write in the hopes that together we can protect the sport of boxing. With each passing…
“It’s a win-win for them. It’s a lose-lose for us. We’ll be $100 lighter and we will have squandered another opportunity to bring boxing back to its rightful place as the sport of kings,” De La Hoya writes.
“…if you thought Mayweather/Pacquiao was a black eye for our sport – a matchup between two of the best pound-for-pound fighters that simply didn’t deliver — just wait until the best boxer of a generation dismantles someone who has never boxed competitively at any level – amateur or professional.
“Our sport might not ever recover.”
As he notes, the fight between McGregor and Mayweather appears to be moving beyond the dream phase into reality. Many fans will likely flock to watch the fight, but it’s hard to imagine the end result being anything more than a huge letdown after so much hype.