Promoters tell some real whoppers in order to sell fights -- especially when the public is hesitant to buy what they're selling -- but Oscar De La Hoya may have taken the cake this week when he said that Amir Khan is "a huge favorite" against Canelo Alvarez, "to those who know the sport."
Oscar has certainly stretched credibility in the past, but this is arguably a new level even for him.
"There's a reason Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao didn't want to fight Amir Khan because he possesses skills like no other. He may come in as the underdog, but he also comes in as a huge favorite to those who know the sport and to many of those who have seen him fight."
De La Hoya, who also recently compared the matchup to Hagler-Leonard, as added a comparison to Ali-Foreman to his selling points:
"Whoever thought that Muhammad Ali could knock out George Foreman? I just talked to Foreman and people were praying he didn't hurt Ali and look what happened there."
As of right now, Canelo (46-1-1, 32 KO) is around a -500 favorite to beat Khan (31-3, 19 KO) on Saturday, and to be entirely fair to De La Hoya, those are hardly the most one-sided lines we've seen in recent years for major fights. Actually, it's probably about the average, since so many of the Mayweather and Pacquiao fights from 2010-15 were seen as mismatches going in, owing to the fact that the two of them were considered to be so far ahead of the pack.
Still, for Oscar to offer the idea that anyone thinks Khan is a "huge favorite" is ridiculous, but then that's Oscar. He's pretty ridiculous.