De La Hoya Eyes Ring Return Against Dana White in a Stellar Garcia vs. O’Malley Matchup

"De La Hoya Eyes Historic Octagon Challenge"

In an electrifying announcement, boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya has thrown down the gauntlet, expressing his openness to an unprecedented crossover event that could see boxing sensation Ryan Garcia take on UFC’s bantamweight champion, Sean “Sugar” O’Malley. The twist? De La Hoya himself is willing to step into the octagon, but with a condition: he wants UFC President Dana White as his opponent in the co-main event.

The revelation came during an episode of The MMA Hour, where Garcia’s challenge to O’Malley sparked a firestorm of excitement among fight fans. De La Hoya, Garcia’s promoter, didn’t just endorse the fight; he upped the ante by proposing a battle against White, marking a potential thaw in their frosty relations.

Despite a history of public spats and social media skirmishes, primarily stemming from De La Hoya’s criticism of the McGregor-Mayweather bout as disrespectful to boxing, both moguls seem to have reached a détente. Yet, White’s response to De La Hoya’s olive branch was lukewarm, acknowledging the sincerity of the apology but dismissing any chance of friendship.

This proposed event hints at not just a groundbreaking spectacle in the combat sports world but also a personal closure for De La Hoya and White. With Garcia gearing up for a showdown with Devin Haney for the WBC super lightweight title and O’Malley set to defend his title against Marlon “Chito” Vera at UFC 299, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for this clash of titans.


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“I like him,” Oscar De La Hoya said of Sean O’Malley. “He’s a good striker.”

“I feel that De La Hoya’s apology was sincere, but there’s no chance he and I can ever be friends again,” Dana White stated during a GQ Sports Q&A.


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