SERGIO MORA urged Oscar De La Hoya to avoid a rematch with Floyd Mayweather, who ‘lives like a Greek god’.
De La Hoya is on the comeback trail and fights former UFC champion Vitor Belfort on his return on September 11.
Oscar De La Hoya was urged to avoid a rematch with Floyd Mayweather[/caption]
Floyd Mayweather has been called out by Oscar De La Hoya[/caption]
Afterwards, he has targeted another MMA icon in Anderson Silva, who just beat ex-boxing champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
De La Hoya has also made it clear for his third comeback fight, he will challenge Mayweather to a rematch, having initially lost in 2007.
But he has been advised otherwise by Mora, who won the WBC light-middleweight title in 2008 and now works as a pundit for DAZN.
He said: “For Oscar De La Hoya to fight in a rematch, their first match Floyd Mayweather won to become a superstar was 14 years ago.
“That was in 2007. They’re in different pieces in their life, they live different lifestyles. We know Mayweather lives like a Greek god.
“He doesn’t drink, he doesn’t imbibe, he doesn’t socialise, doesn’t’ do all the things that are bad for your health.
“Oscar De La Hoya on the other hand, we know he likes to have a good time.
“Look, I’m not gonna say nothing about it, but at almost 50 years old, no, you don’t want to go in with a guy who already beat you, and lives a Roman lifestyle, and doesn’t do all that, and three, he’s still that damn good, he looks a good as he was 10-15 years ago.”
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De La Hoya has not fought since 2008, when he was brutally sent into retirement by Manny Pacquiao, 42.
In the 13 years since, he has focussed his efforts on his Golden Boy promotional stable.
But De La Hoya has admitted to suffering from cocaine addiction and was in rehab as recently as 2013.
He has since recovered, and began training again last year having been inspired by Mike Tyson, who drew in his comeback with Roy Jones Jr.
Mayweather officially retired in 2017 after beating UFC superstar Conor McGregor, 32, but laced up the gloves with YouTuber Logan Paul in early June.
Oscar De La Hoya was sent into retirement by Manny Pacquiao[/caption]
Logan Paul took Floyd Mayweather the distance[/caption]
To the shock of many, Paul, 26, survived all eight-rounds, meaning no winner was declared.
Mayweather, 44, afterwards poured cold water on another exhibition.
But De La Hoya, 48, Tyson, 54, Evander Holyfield, 58 and Jones, 52, are among those in talks for more spectacle fights.
Mora said: “I have to understand or accept that there’s a market for these old champions, these legends, to come back, but I don’t want them coming back facing guys they already lost against.
“It’s not interesting. If these old legends want to make a comeback, to fight a UFC fighter, an MMA fighter, a kickboxer, a wrestler, I’m OK with that.”