KEY POINTS

  • Oscar De La Hoya said he could knockout Conor McGregor in two rounds
  • Veteran boxing trainer and manager Henry Ramirez said McGregor vs. De La Hoya is a tough fight to predict
  • Ramirez is reluctant to assume that McGregor will beat De La Hoya despite the age difference

A veteran boxing trainer said it is hard to predict the outcome of Conor McGregor vs. Oscar De La Hoya boxing match.

In McGregor’s quest for another pro boxing match, his name was dropped during a recent interview with boxing legend and Olympic gold medalist De La Hoya. Even thought De La Hoya has never fought inside the ring since his devastating loss to eight-division title holder Manny Pacquiao, “The Golden Boy” still predicted how he would match against the former UFC champ. According to De La Hoya, despite his age, it would only take him “two rounds” to floor the loud MMA star in a boxing match.

The legendary boxer further said that he’s a fan of McGregor inside the octagon but insisted that boxing is whole different story than MMA.

 “Oh, come on, brother! Two rounds. Because one thing about me, one thing about me, I went for the kill always. And look, Conor McGregor is – I love him in The Octagon. I respect him. I watch him all the time. But the boxing ring is a whole different story. It’s a whole different story,” De La Hoya pointed out.

It didn’t take long for the Irish fighter to respond to De La Hoya’s bold claim. McGregor posted on Twitter Friday that the challenge is accepted.

“I accept your challenge, Oscar de la Hoya,” McGregor wrote.

While boxing is still on hiatus and some pundits believe that a fight between De La Hoya and McGregor makes no sense at this point, veteran boxing trainer and manager Henry Ramirez is convinced that it is still a tough fight to predict.

In a recent phone interview with Elie Seckbach of EsNews, Ramirez, who has trained several top contenders in the past including Chris Arreola, was asked to weigh in on the possible McGregor vs. De La Hoya boxing match. According to Ramirez, De La Hoya clearly has all the advantage boxingwise but the fact that he hasn’t fought for a long time will surely cause him troubles. Overall, Ramirez is reluctant to assume that McGregor would win the superfight despite the fact that De La Hoya is a lot older now.

“That’s a tough fight. Obviously Oscar is the one who has got much more skills and talent boxingwise but he’s also a lot older. It’s tough (cause) there’s a timing factor that’s hard to make up,” Ramirez said.

Both McGregor and De La Hoya are not only great fighters but also good businessmen. Based on their profiles, a fight between them could really happen but De La Hoya clarified that there was no official challenge being thrown at McGregor.