I sent an e-mail to an old friend in the boxing business, who I haven't had any contact with for about a year, simply informing him about this new boxing site I created and then received a very interesting and unexpected reply... "Oscar told me he's coming back. He hates this civilian/businessman life. He's safer in the ring."
The initial reaction was casual disbelief, because the source, I'll admit, knows people, a lot of people, but he can stretch the truth at times. But then I digested his message. And the more I think about it, maybe just maybe it possibly can be true that Oscar wants to lace 'em up again, for athletic and primarily business promotional reasons.
Also, there just was no reason or motive for my colleague to fabricate such a story. And on top of that, he offered this revelation voluntarily.
Let's think about it...Mayweather is expected by just about everyone to handle the "too green" Canelo Alvarez this weekend. But where does he go from there? Everybody knows that Mayweather and Haymon will never agree to face Manny Pacquiao, the Mayweather camp has already declared many times this year that that fight is out of the question and Pacquiao blew his one and only chance. We know Mayweather fears for his health (he admitted this) and does not like the explosive and relentless Pacquaio offensive arsenal, he prefers a simple, basic normal styled opponent, especially one that is controlled by Golden Boy and Haymon.
So the question is, who can Mayweather and Haymon handpick as an opponent which they can sell to the public and make a boatload of Pacquiao type revenues? Khan, Alexander, Berto, Judah won't cut it. Matthysse and Thurman are too risky and not popular enough. Sergio Martinez is still too dangerous and not controlled by Golden Boy. Broner is a long shot because Haymon doesn't want either Broner or Floyd to ever lose. Also, Broner and Floyd are good friends who get along well.
There has to be a long-term goal, a jackpot at the end of the rainbow for Mayweather, Showtime and Haymon. They still have five more fights left on their contract.
Oscar De La Hoya exactly fits that bill. Oscar and Floyd don't like each other. They have a history. A rematch would swettle the score. Oscar could play the good guy role, the old Mexican veteran coming out of retirement and rehab to get revenge for the young gun Canelo.
Mayweather and Haymon would surely love this scenario because Oscar, who turned 40 this past February, would pose minimal threat to Floyd's unbeaten record. Especially if he mysteriously stops throwing his jab like he did in De La Hoya vs. Mayweather I.
Anything is possible in boxing. Especially in these times when Mayweather, Haymon are in control.
I believe it's entirely possible that Mayweather vs. De La Hoya II could very well be the grand master plan.