De La Hoya says he can still break Mayweather’s record against Pacquiao PPV

Sean Michael Ham

Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya says he still has the power to break the Pay Per View record held by Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

The ten-time world champion, who retired after losing to Pacquiao in 2008, canceled a planned comeback against Vitor Belfort last year.

Although the fight was an exhibition, De La Hoya wanted a good faith comeback before Covid-19 knocked him out of the event.

Months later, and the 48-year-old is looking to start negotiations with Mayweather. He remains hopeful of landing a potential profitable PPV that De La Hoya says would break Mayweather’s 4.7 million sales record against Pacquiao from 2015.

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“Obviously he’s (Mayweather) all about the money,” De La Hoya told DAZN News. “That would probably be the biggest fight there for him.

“I believe it would be bigger than him to fight McGregor. It would be bigger than him to fight [a YouTuber] or the one he has to fight next.

“I think people want to see real fights. People want to see legend against legend, champion against champion.

“This is what we do. This is what we’ve done pretty much our whole life. People, not that they get tired of seeing these exhibits. But people want to see real fights.

“They want to see real legends in the ring. Fighters like Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and myself. We are true legends who have put it on the line and been in the ring for many years, fighting for world titles for decades.

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He added: “I strongly think a fight with Floyd would be massive, would be huge. That alone would attract Floyd Mayweather.

“I strongly feel a fight with Floyd and I can easily generate five million households. With all the technology, there’s so much you can integrate. You can publicize the event to make it even bigger.

“You have this whole social media platform. It can be quite large.

De La Hoya is one of a growing number of former boxers who believe anything is possible due to the explosion of the internet age. Exhibitions can be big business if done the right way.

However, most of the events on PPV recently have been the subject of controversy over the level of skills presented and even the competitors paid.

It seems like a fad that won’t last much longer as even Mayweather can’t sell like he used to when he hauled vloggers to draws.

The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of Phil Jay.

Phil Jay – Editor of World Boxing News since 2010 with over a billion views. Follow WBN on Twitter @WorldBoxingNews.