The president of the World Boxing Association (WBA) gave an interview to journalist Bernardo Pilatti in which he spoke extensively about the current affairs of the pioneer organization and the challenges of boxing today.
In a detailed exchange, Pilatti touched on different topics of interest, among which he highlighted the WBA’s plan to reduce the number of world titles. Mendoza explained how he has promoted this project and the achievements so far, in which there are already eight single champions and the number is expected to grow in the coming months.
He also talked about the mandatory fights that have been ordered, the possibilities of making others to reduce the champions and the difficulties that have been encountered along the way.
The interview addressed topics such as the relationship with other organizations, of which Mendoza said he has no problems beyond some discrepancies due to different decision making.
He also talked about the need to create better relations in the United States, especially now that the WBA will move its offices to American territory.
Finally, he spoke about women’s boxing and the needs it has, in addition to the communication processes in delicate moments.
Meanwhile, Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr. created a notorious rivalry in the media and the public has always seen them as natural enemies due to their controversial fight in 2007.
Between the words exchanged before, during and after that fight, and the conflicting opinions about the outcome of the fight (which ended in victory for Floyd) has created that feud between the two, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t admiration and respect, as De La Hoya said days ago in an interview with Fight Hype.
“I really admire him for what he’s accomplished. His vision nobody understood, everybody thought he was the villain. No, he had a vision. He’s a real artist and a real fighter, one of the best and all of that is a testament to how he matured and saw the big picture,” the Golden Boy assured.
Today both remain an important part of the industry and have mentored great fighters. They marked an unforgettable era for boxing and their legacy is evident in the sport.