Lewis, Hatton advise De La Hoya to stay retired
After Floyd Mayweather Jr. challenged Oscar De La Hoya to a match, the Golden Boy first insisted he was never setting foot in the ring.
But after a few days, De Loya suddenly said he was “50/50” about coming out of retirement and would consider fighting Money or Gennady Golovkin.
Other retired boxers, however, wants De La Hoya to stay retired.
Heavyweight legend Lennox Lewis suggested in a post on Facebook that De La Hoya should not come out of retirement because time cannot be undone.
“I heard Oscar De La Hoya is 50/50 on a comeback. I’m 100/0 that he shouldn’t. Father Time is still undefeated,” Lewis said.
Lewis knows a thing or two about retiring on top after scoring a technical knockout over Vitali Klitschko in his last fight to retain the WBC Heavyweight Title.
Ricky Hatton, a close friend of De La Hoya’s, told Sky Sports that he wasn’t surprised of De La Hoya’s desire to make a comeback but he’s not supportive of Golden Boy’s decision.
“Am I surprised? Yes and no. It never surprises me when a boxer wants to make a comeback. When a fighter had so much success like Oscar did, the hardest thing is to let go. Do I think it’s the right decision? No, I have to say I don’t. Needless to say, I wish him all the best but he’s 42. It’s just hard to finally say goodbye to the sport,” Hatton said.
De La Hoya has won world titles in six different weight divisions and is now a boxing promoter.
His last fight was against Manny Pacquiao in 2008 where the Filipino bludgeoned him to retirement. CFC