UFC president Dana White is not happy about an open letter Oscar De La Hoya wrote recently calling on boxing fans to kill the ‘farce’ ‘circus’ of a fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather. De La Hoya pulled no punches in the letter, saying the fight could ruin the sport of boxing just as it’s starting to see a resurgence over the past year. White, never one to mince words himself, disagrees.
“Oscar, what the f**k?” he said in a video interview with TMZ. “Seriously. What the f**k is going on with you? Are you nuts? Are you out of your mind? Have you lost your f**king mind?”
“He’s talking about money grabs. Canelo vs. Chavez? You know what I mean? You’re gonna put on a fight like that and then call McGregor vs. Mayweather a money grab? When you were trying to make that fight four months ago. It’s crazy! What’s this guy doing? What’s his deal?”
White is referring to an interview Oscar had months ago where he was all for McGregor stepping into the boxing ring against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, another top boxer who just happens to be part of De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions stable of fighters. It’s an interview Dana helpfully re-uploaded to his Instagram:
“Why would you say something like that?” White continued. “Instead, it sounds like he’s got no confidence in Golovkin vs. Canelo, which I have come out and said publicly is a good fight. I like the fight, I’ll watch the fight. He seems completely insecure, and it’s one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen. And talk about two-faced and contradicting and the list goes on and on. Hating! And just, I dunno. Like he has no confidence in his fight.”
White went on to confirm that he was confident Mayweather vs. McGregor would come together before sliding back into an attack on De La Hoya’s claim the fight would be terrible.
“Any time people come out and say this fight shouldn’t happen or this is ridiculous … when two people get in there with the punching power of Conor McGregor and the fighting style of Floyd Mayweather, who knows what the hell will happen?” White said. “You never know what will happen. Am I saying this is going to be the greatest fight in the history of the world? Hell no. I have no idea. This could be one of those fights where the press conference could be 1000 times better than the fight. Because you know the press conference is going to be good. But nobody can judge a fight until the fight is over.”