Golden Boy’s Oscar De La Hoya gave a candid interview to reporters in Las Vegas as the promoter geared up to watch heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder’s clash with Bermane Stiverne at the MGM Grand.
As well as disclosing that a fight between Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez was off the table to the likes of Elie Seckbach, De La Hoya cast some doubt on whether a proposed super-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will actually happen on May 2.
De La Hoya outlined that out of respect for the fans, Alvarez would be willing to give up his scheduled date of May 2, which will now be against an opponent to be arranged, even though the former fighter was unconvinced that Mayweather v Pacquiao will be signed anytime soon.
Should Mayweather decide against fighting Pacquiao opting to go a different route (with Oscar mentioning Cotto and Amir Khan as possibles), De La Hoya said that Canelo will continue down his original path and not pass up the opportunity to fight so close to Cinco de Mayo.
Shadows are now circling above the dream of a Mayweather v Pacquiao fight gradually getting darker and darker since the Filipino went public in goading the American to sign his portion of the deal. Past dealings with Mayweather in negotiations haven’t gone well for fighters making demands to the undefeated WBC and WBA 147 and 154lb champion in handing out their own future deadlines.
That could mean that Mayweather is about to throw a curveball and give WBC 160 belt holder Cotto the chance of a rematch in search of a six-weight world title or indeed hand Khan the opportunity he has been craving for over a year.
There is no doubt that Pacquiao would be the number one choice for the majority of fans if asked for their preference for Mayweather’s next outing, although ‘Money’ has never been one to go with the flow and may have his own agenda for what will be his 48th professional contest.