The UFC lightweight champion reportedly earned $130 million for his tenth round stoppage loss to Mayweather in August and the only place he is likely to achieve another payday of that magnitude is the boxing ring.
"You know, I'm competitive", De La Hoya told "Golden Boy Radio with Tattoo and the Crew" (via For The Win)". I've been secretly training, secretly training. Secretly training. I'm faster than ever, and stronger than ever.
McGregor added: "I sincerely apologise to the Director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, Mike Mazzulli, all the officials and staff working the event, Andy Ryan and his fighter John, two stonch ones that put up a great fight every time".
The footage of the fight shows McGregor rushing over to celebrate with Ward, before two officials, including Goddard, try to lift the victor off his friend before then separating them.
"I have known, witnessed and refereed Conor on many previous occasions over the years and watched, even in support of his meteoric rise, speaking publically to commend him and offer an insight when others had turned against him". That's all I'm going to say.
But the 44-year-old "Golden Boy" is apparently willing to make a return for a fight with McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC, 0-1 boxing).
After nearly a decade in retirement, Oscar De La Hoya has revealed he has been "secretly training" and called out UFC superstar Conor McGregor for his comeback fight.
De La Hoya had no part in the promotion of the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight and was a vocal opponent of it.
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Is boxing's one-time "Golden Boy" eyeing a return to the ring?
There are already odds on a potential McGregor-De La Hoya fight in Vegas.
So what about De La Hoya?
The UFC have yet to issue a statement on McGregor's behaviour, which has been widely condemned by the mixed martial arts world. That would be tough to match, but if there's a healthy paycheck involved for both fighters, you can never say never.
"He would destroy me".
This is not the first time De La Hoya has considered coming out of retirement. [My confidence] is how I feel now from my training.
A 1992 Olympic gold medal victor and 10-time professional world champion, De La Hoya captured titles at 130, 135, 140, 147, 154 and 160 pounds.