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Oscar De La Hoya says Floyd Mayweather is 'Not Good For Boxing' ahead of Conor McGregor fight

Neil Roarty in Boxing 20 Jul 2017

Oscar De La Hoya has criticised Floyd Mayweather as "not good for boxing" due to the style of publicity that he brings to the sport when promoting his fights.

Oscar De La Hoya has been a vocal critic of Floyd Mayweather throughout his career and has rekindled his feud with "Money" ahead of his fight with Conor McGregor by describing him as "not good for boxing".

De La Hoya, owner of Golden Boy Promotions, has claimed that Mayweather's promotion style, which focuses on the money and the business of a fight, detracts from the spectacle of the sport.

“Part of the reason why I’ve been so vocal with Mayweather is that he has made it into business,” De La Hoya said. “It’s just a spectacle. It’s trash talk and once the fight comes around it is a bore. It’s a dud. It should be the other way around.”

“I think – I personally think as a promotor, (Mayweather) has not been good for boxing,” De La Hoya added. “Because fighters now are thinking all about business and not thinking about the fight. And not thinking about the fans."

He went on to claim that Mayweather's fighting style is also not good for the sport, criticising the undefeated champion for "dancing around" as opposed to actually boxing opponents.

“People do not want to see somebody run. People do not want to see somebody win a 12-round boxing match by outslicking (the opponent). People pay their hard-earned money to buy a ticket and want to be entertained, not by dancing around and not getting hit. They want to see a show.”


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