There was a stunned silence in the room, one that included several members of Mayweather's family, after hearing the No. 1 fighter in the sport -- at his peak at age 29 -- say he would walk away from boxing after one more fight.
Mayweather said he wanted his final fight to be against De La Hoya, a junior middleweight titlist and boxing's greatest economic force. He is trained by Mayweather Sr., adding another juicy dimension to what would already be a mega fight.
A De La Hoya-Mayweather fight -- with a target date of May 5 -- would be a massive event and is the only fight in the sport that figures to easily draw more than one million pay-per-view buys.
"I know we'll make the De La Hoya fight happen," Mayweather said. "We still got another big fight to do, but if it's not on my terms it won't happen."
Obviously everyone's going to be skeptical, including me. Bernard Hopkins retired, too, and now he's maybe going to fight Oleg Maskaev.
But there's always been something a little off about Mayweather. He has never seemed like he truly reveled in his dominance. Mayweather thinks a lot of himself (arguably, rightly so) and he'll tell you how good he is in case you don't know, but he's never come off as the type of guy that was going to be a boxing lifer, if you know what I mean.