Oscar De La Hoya has reignited his age-old feud with Floyd Mayweather in a scathing open letter, saying boxing will be better off now the undefeated welterweight world champion has finally retired.
Writing in the December issue of Playboy, boxing great turned promoter De La Hoya — who was beaten by Mayweather in 2007 — said he was happy that Mayweather had finally hung up the gloves.
“Truth be told, I’m not unhappy to see you retire. Neither are a lot of boxing fans,” De La Hoya wrote.
“Scratch that. Most boxing fans. Why? Because the fight game will be a better one without you in it.”
Mayweather called time on his career in September after a points victory over Andre Berto left him with a perfect 49-0 record, emulating heavyweight great Rocky Marciano’s famous undefeated benchmark.
However, De La Hoya maintained that Mayweather would never be ranked alongside the true greats of the sport because he had never taken on opponents in their prime.
“You’re a very talented fighter, the best defensive fighter of our generation. But what good is talent if you don’t test it?” De La Hoya said.
“Muhammad Ali did. Sugar Ray Leonard did. You? Not a chance.”