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De La Hoya goes in on Mayweather Jr. via Playboy letter

Phil Jay 12/11/2015

Esther Lin

Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya has penned a scathing letter to former opponent Floyd Mayweather Jr in this month’s issue of Playboy magazine.

The Hall of Famer, who lost to Mayweather via split decision back in 2007 before going on to co-promote the pound for pound king, dismissed ‘Money’ as boring and was also highly uncomplimentary about his former foes ring achievements.

Mayweather, 39, retired last month at 49-0 following a glittering career spanning 19 years and was recently recognised by the WBC with a special award at their recent convention.

De La Hoya does come across more than a little bitter on his assessment of Mayweather’s career, although you can judge for yourselves in reading the whole article.

The letter begins: 

Dear Floyd,

You did it. You made it to the 49–0 mark, a milestone that you like to say only the great Rocky -Marciano reached but that was actually achieved by others, including my idol Julio César Chávez—but who’s counting? And now you’re retiring. Again. (The first time was after our fight in 2007.) This time you say it’s for real. You’re serious about hanging up the gloves. On to bigger and better things. So I’m writing to you today to wish you a fond farewell. Truth be told, I’m not unhappy to see you retire. Neither are a lot of boxing fans. Scratch that. MOST boxing fans. Why? Because the fight game will be a better one without you in it……

Read in full here at playboy.com