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Oscar De La Hoya Dangles Comeback as Bait for Mayweather to Rematch Ortiz

<a href="" target="new">People let me tell ya 'bout my best friend...</a> (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
People let me tell ya 'bout my best friend... (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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This is all just getting kind of ridiculous and silly. Tonight on Twitter, Oscar De La Hoya responded to continued taunting by Floyd Mayweather Jr about both himself and Victor Ortiz by trying to dangle himself as the carrot, using a potential comeback and his own rematch with Mayweather to get Floyd to rematch Ortiz:

(1) It's so sad mayweather has to bash people and flaunt money he's not going to when he retires.give Ortiz a rematch.try beat him fair... (2) And then maybe just maybe i will give you [another] chance at me.

Mayweather and De La Hoya set the all-time PPV record in 2007, which still easily stands to this day and is in no danger of being broken any time soon, and were set for a 2008 rematch before Mayweather suddenly retired. I maintain my theory that they gauged a sincere lack of public interest in the rematch and Mayweather headed down the old dusty trail instead -- not that there wasn't still money in it, but was there enough?

That, of course, led to Oscar De La Hoya seeking a replacement opponent for his ill-fated and ill-advised return to 147 pounds, and Manny Pacquiao wound up the insane choice from left field who many didn't take seriously and then beat Oscar into a pulp and retired him that December. In some ways, because Mayweather pulled out of that rematch, Manny Pacquiao got the chance to become the star he is today. Floyd has only himself to blame, in a way, for Pacquiao becoming a superstar and the name hounding him constantly in the press.

I have absolutely no interest in another Mayweather vs De La Hoya fight personally, because Oscar has been retired for three years and was a part-time fighter for years before that. He really hasn't been a full-time guy since 2003, and even by then he was starting to lose his way as a fighter because he was worth so much money and had other outside interests. It's not a fault, really, but a flaw -- he's not going to come back and be good enough to truly compete with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Sorry, it's just not going to happen. It would be an exhibition and greed-grab, nothing more.

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