Mayweather apologizes for mocking de la Hoya


Floyd Mayweather Jr AP/FRANK FRANKLIN II

LOS ANGELES – Boxer Floyd Mayweather has been forced to apologize for an Instagram photo and caption that mocked former world champ and promoter Oscar de la Hoya’s substance-abuse problem.

Mayweather apologized for the picture of a somber-looking de la Hoya which ran on his Instagram page Monday with the headline “MEANWHILE IN REHAB”. The caption underneath the picture said, “OSCAR: “I gave Canelo the wrong Blueprint I was high.”

The 36-year-old American Mayweather described the incident as “stupid” and claimed the photo was posted without his knowledge. He did not go into detail about how it ended up on his Instagram account, or who might have put it there. The photo ultimately was deleted.

“It’s unfortunate that a stupid picture was posted to my Instagram account earlier today that was not posted by me or authorized by me to post,” Mayweather wrote in a statement emailed to reporters by his public relation’s firm.

“I apologize to Oscar and his family for this posting. I wish him well and am rooting for him to win his fight too. I also apologize to all of my followers for this ridiculous post.”

Mayweather also stressed that he had wished Mexico’s de la Hoya well at Saturday’s post-fight news conference after Mayweather scored a majority decision in the main event over Saul Alvarez, who is promoted by de la Hoya.

It was just the second fight for Mayweather since he was released from prison after serving a sentence for assaulting the mother of his children.

Mayweather went on to say that he hopes de la Hoya recovers quickly.

But Mayweather has also previously admonished de la Hoya’s fast-paced lifestyle and the promoter’s track record with Golden Boy Promotions.

De la Hoya missed the Mayweather-Alvarez fight after checking himself into a treatment center last week.

Mayweather and de la Hoya fought in 2007 in a mega world title bout that set the record as most lucrative boxing match in history, with over $130 million in generated revenues.

Mayweather won by a split decision to claim the world light middleweight title.

“Although we had our difference in the past, I stand by him unconditionally and would never personally disrespect him or anyone else who struggles with addiction,” Mayweather’s statement read.

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  • wawa2172

    Floyd meant what he said about De la Hoya. Floyd is always high before and after every fight, he has no sense of respect because of the substance his taking. Time will come that he will join De la Hoya in rehab for abusing their bodies. Floyd dad is an addict and he is his main corner man. I am sure that his dad is doing wonder to make his son super active. Well, so arrogant, so disrespectful that is Floyd whose wealth can afford him to abuse his body.

  • alfie_snydz

    Best boxer since muhammad ali. Name for the boxing history books. Legend.
    Money Pakyaw? 2nd class. magprayer meeting ka na lang.

    • Bulakenyo Ako

      To be the best you SHOULD FIGHT ALL the best out there. I mean ALL the great fighters available -be they first or 2nd class – and what the people are dying to see. NO EXCUSES.

  • manual47

    A stupid one will always be stupid. Arrogant as he is, no doubt he will always say something stupid. It’s a common habit by a stupid and arrogant person because he thinks he’s alway on top of the world without realizing……whatever goes up, will always come down. And that is a fact…..

  • lemon88

    1 lang masasabi ko kayygayweather. kung gaano kaitim ang balat nya ganuon kaitim ang budhi nya. Papaano kaya nakakatulog ang taong ito sa sobrang kayabangan.

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