• De La Hoya rematch with Mayweather makes sense but depend on purse
  • De La Hoya wants to avenge loss in 2007 against Mayweather
  • Mayweather could be dangerous opponent like Golovkin for De La Hoya

Golden Boy top brass Oscar De La Hoya appears to be very serious about making a ring return.

However, he needs to keep himself in check and target boxers he can handle. It seems he has slightly lowered that, adding fellow former retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. to the list.

“I’ve always prided myself on fighting the very best. And why go after the second-best [fighter]? Why not go after the guy that beat [Canelo]? Why not go after Mayweather, for instance, in a revenge fight? That’s something that is very intriguing. We’ll see how I feel and then we’ll take it from there," De La Hoya said when he appeared on Fight Hub TV.

De La Hoya and Mayweather faced off in 2007, a fight that generated the third-highest pay-per-view buy rate in history. The Golden Boy CEO lost via close split decision, somehow justifying why a rematch makes sense.

As he stated, a fight would make sense. Aside from that loss in 2007, Mayweather also dealt former client and reigning super middleweight titlist Saul "Canelo" Alvarez the lone loss of his boxing career.

But the question now is would it be wise to return to the ring and face someone who has shown he still has some sting and flair.

Mayweather is set to make a ring return, an exhibition boxing match against YouTuber Logan Paul. He is a heavy favorite and "Money" plans to fight some more.

Unfortunately, there is a prime requirement for him to agree–big money.

As for De La Hoya, Mayweather could be a sensible target over his original one – Gennady Golovkin.

In a previous post, the 47-year-old said that "GGG" would be an easy opponent for him. He pointed out how he would take apart fighters like him during his prime.

But the reality of it all is that De La Hoya is no longer in his prime. His career ended abruptly when he took a beating from Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao in 2008. He would retire four months later.

Against Golovkin, it could be a death wish even if the Kazakhstani is already 38. The middleweight kingpin still has power behind his punches, proving that when he finished off Kamil Szeremeta in seven rounds last Dec. 18.

Golovkin has thrown fair warning to De La Hoya about his challenge and said that he won’t hold back on the retired boxer if he pursues a match with him.

"Everything involving Gennady Golovkin for him is a nightmare. He can say whatever. But let me put it this way--if I got an opportunity to legally kill a person in the ring, I might seize it," Golovkin said.

Oscar De La Hoya
Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, gives a thumbs-up during an official weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sept. 14, 2012. Reuters/Steve Marcus