The fight game returns this weekend in the form of UFC 249. While the card will be headlined by Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje, everyone is debating who Conor McGregor will fight next. Forget Khabib Nurmagomedov, McGregor's got his sights on a boxing legend.
During an appearance on the State of Combat podcast, retired boxer Oscar De La Hoya expressed his belief that he could knock out McGregor in two rounds. "The Notorious" replied shortly afterwards on Twitter, saying he accepts "The Golden Boy's" challenge.
While many will question why this fight should even happen, we say stop being a buzzkill! Let this fight happen!
But then again, we're used to this schtick from McGregor. He hops on Twitter to challenge a high profile fighter to create an insane amount of hype, only for those fights to never come to fruition. Maybe, just maybe, this time is different.
De La Hoya hasn't fought in the ring since 2008. His very last bout came against Manny Pacquiao, who pummeled De La Hoya so badly that his corner threw in the towel after the eighth round. Four months later, the legendary boxer announced his retirement from the sport.
As for McGregor, he's no stranger to the boxing world. Back in 2017, the UFC lightweight champion challenged undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather in a cross-promotional super fight. In the early goings of the bout, McGregor fared relatively well, but couldn't match the stamina of Mayweather, resulting in a 10th-round TKO loss.
Is McGregor vs. De La Hoya going to happen? We highly doubt it. But hey, we can dream.