At the same time retired boxing living legend Floyd Mayweather and MMA fighter Conor McGregor were promoting their fight; Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya was promoting the encounter between Mexican boxing star Saul "Canelo" Álvarez and Kazakhstani professional boxer Gennady "GGG" Golovkin. During the press conferences De La Hoya always expressed negative comments about the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight, alleging it will hurt the sport of boxing.

“I’m standing behind a sport I dearly love and that’s boxing. You have a UFC fighter who has no experience whatsoever in boxing. He has no professional experience, nothing, wanting to face the best boxer of our generation in his very first fight," said De La Hoya. "What’s going to happen? People are going to be turned off with boxing once again. So that’s my beef. I’m coming in as the savior of the sport by making Triple G and Canelo, making all these great fights, and then you have that [Mayweather vs. McGregor].”

However, it seems that De La Hoya suddenly changed his mind, because during a broadcast of the radio program "Golden Boy Radio with Tattoo and the Crew" that belongs to his promoter, he revealed that he has been training and that he could knock out the 29-year-old professional mixed martial artist.

"You know I'm competitive," De La Hoya, 44, told Tattoo and Jessica Rosales. "I still have it in me. I've been secretly training, secretly training. I'm faster than ever and stronger than ever. I know I can take out Conor McGregor in two rounds. I'll come back for that fight. Two rounds. Just one more [fight]. I'm calling him out. Two rounds, that's all I need."

After his comment, some boxing fans think De La Hoya is using a desperate way to try to get money, claiming that since the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight brought in over 4 million PPV buys, Golden Boy can make big profit too if he also decided to unretired for a fight with McGregor.

Mayweather Promotions EO Leonard Ellerbe also agreed tweeting that the Mexican-American former professional boxer is not Mayweather. ”Went out of his way to hate on our fight, sent it to fans, did interviews and now he want to do what? Go sit down you are not Floyd, FOH!” he wrote.

De La Hoya hasn't fought since 2008 and McGregor made no comment at all about the challenge, because according to Boxing News the only fighters that McGregor comments on are ones that he has an interest in.