De La Hoya hopes Mayweather ditches Pacquiao for $1.5b Canelo return
Golden Boy boss Oscar De La Hoya is keeping his fingers crossed Floyd Mayweather will confirm his comeback and agree to face Canelo Alvarez.
De La Hoya recently signed Canelo to DAZN in one of the biggest boxing contracts in history. The former ten-time world champion is hoping the deal is enough to entice Mayweather back to the table.
Mayweather is currently the only fighter to defeat Canelo through 54 contests. The pair met in 2013 when Canelo was just 22 years old.
Now one of the sport’s super-powers, Canelo v Mayweather II could make upwards of ten figures, according to De La Hoya.
“If Floyd Mayweather decides to come back, a fight with him and Canelo could be a $1.5 billion fight,” De La Hoya told TMZ Sports.
Reports Mayweather is in talks with Manny Pacquiao for a rematch are common knowledge at the moment. Whilst Canelo II would potentially be seen as an impossibility due to the weight differential.
Canelo recently campaigned at 168 pounds. But will head back down to 160 for a unification with Danny Jacobs on May 4 in Las Vegas.
Any notion of going further south, potentially to 155 or less, doesn’t appear to be feasible for Canelo right now.
This means Mayweather would be expected to agree a Canelo return at 156 or over, something he certainly wouldn’t be on board with at 42.
Pacquiao remains the hot favorite to land the ‘Money’ man in a swansong 51-0 contest. Constant rumors regarding the ‘Pacman’ have not stopped Canelo name-dropping Mayweather in interviews over the past few months.
Furthermore, back in October, Canelo told USA Today: “Anytime he’s ready, I’m ready. If the day comes that he wants to come out of retirement for it, I’m a different fighter. I’m more mature, I’m a great, A-level fighter now and it would be a great opportunity.
“I’ve always had that little itch for (a rematch) since way back. Now I’m more experienced and more mature. It’s a fight that maybe will happen and will be a great experience.
“To fight a fighter like him and to beat him would be totally different because now we have to get speed into the mix and do everything that’s possible to do it, to accomplish that goal of winning.
“We would have to work hard and get a lot of punches in with speed and more velocity. If the fans want it, if the people want it and it’s in demand, it totally could happen,” he added.