UFC’s Dana White blasts Oscar De La Hoya for criticizing proposed Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight
UFC president Dana White has not delivered a contract for a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor yet — but he clearly does not appreciate Oscar De La Hoya’s badmouthing it.
White posted a video to social media on Wednesday, which combined two interviews given by De La Hoya. The video was accompanied by a caption that read, “WTF?????”
The video first showed De La Hoya, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, bashing the potential Mayweather-McGregor fight, referring to it as a “disrespect to boxing” and predicting that the contest won’t be close.
A second interview, which White said was filmed four months ago, shows De La Hoya speaking positively on a potential boxing match between McGregor and Canelo Alvarez, whom De La Hoya represents.
— Dana White (@danawhite) May 31, 2017
White, who says he has always had a good relationship with De La Hoya and was in attendance for a Golden Boy Promotions event last month featuring Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., spoke to TMZ about De La Hoya’s comments.
“This could be one of those fights where the press conference is 1,000 times better than the fight — you know how the press conference is going to be,” White said, speaking about Mayweather-McGregor. “But nobody can tell a fight until a fight is over.
“Just like — hey, Oscar — when I showed up in my seat to watch Canelo-Chavez. The fight sucked. You know the fight sucked. The whole world knows the fight sucked. You’ve got a better fight in [Gennady Golvkin] and Canelo [announced for Sept. 16]. Be confident about what you’re doing. Be a little confident about your business, Oscar. And don’t s— on other people’s stuff. It makes you look weird, especially when you wanted this fight four months ago.
“Talk about two-faced and contradicting and the list goes on and on …”
White’s criticism of De La Hoya continued during an appearance on The Russillo Show on ESPN Radio later Wednesday.
“I’ve always had a pretty decent working relationship with Oscar, and it was just completely out of left field and out of character for him. And, I think, a bad way to handle it. You know? What do you care if these two fight?”
Earlier this month, the UFC and McGregor, a current lightweight champion, announced that they had agreed to terms for the Mayweather fight. The next step would be working out a deal with Mayweather.
White confirmed that Sept. 16 was a potential target date but said they “lost” that when Golden Boy Promotions announced Golovkin-Alvarez.
“We’re moving on this thing, and I’m confident this thing can get done,” White said. “We’ll see. Obviously, there’s still some hurdles to get through. It’s a crazy deal to make.”