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De La Hoya Underdog to Return to Boxing

De La Hoya Underdog to Return to Boxing - Bovada Sportsbook

Former boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya (39-6) has not fought since getting knocked out by Manny Pacquiao back in 2008. But the 1992 Olympic gold medalist has expressed great interest in making a comeback recently after UFC champ Conor McGregor lost to Floyd Mayweather in a heavily hyped super-fight on August 26.

The 44-year-old De La Hoya has specifically called out McGregor, although there are longshot odds of that bout happening in 2018.

De La Hoya had publicly stated that the McGregor-Mayweather fight was a “scam and a fraud” before seeing how successful it was, and now he seemingly wants to try to duplicate it. However, a comeback for De La Hoya is a longshot with the line on “No” for a return in 2018 currently sitting at -500.

“Yes” pays out at +300, and the odds are even worse for a McGregor matchup. If you think De La Hoya will fight McGregor in 2018, you can get +400. But if you do not believe the hype and want to wager on “No” then you would have to pay a hefty price of -700.

 

McGregor Fighting Future is Up in the Air

McGregor’s fighting future remains up in the air right now, especially following his antics at Bellator 187 on November 10. McGregor jumped into the ring to support teammate Charlie Ward and then got into a shoving match with referee Marc Goddard. It is not known whether or not McGregor will be suspended by the UFC for his actions.

Regardless, the world’s largest MMA organization needs McGregor to return to action inside the Octagon as soon as possible, with UFC 219 in Las Vegas on December 30 often mentioned as the event they are targeting.

McGregor has not fought in the UFC since knocking out Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title last November 12 to become the promotion’s first fighter to hold two championship belts at the same time. He sat out early 2017 awaiting the birth of his first child and then trained for the Mayweather fight, which he ended up losing by 10th-round TKO.

McGregor is reportedly open to boxing again though if the money and opponent are right.

 

*Odds as of November 16, 2017

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