Oscar De La Hoya thinks Floyd Mayweather will return, take Manny Pacquiao rematch

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Mayweather and De La Hoya in 2007
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) of the U.S. and compatriot Oscar De La Hoya hug during a post-fight news conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada May 5, 2007. Mayweather took De La Hoya's WBC welterweight title by split decision. Reuters/Steve Marcus

After a scathing open letter addressed to Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya stated the undefeated American is not done with the sport of boxing and says that Mayweather will return to the ring to continue his boxing career and even fight multiple times.

“I strongly believe that he will fight a few more times. Not just once, but a couple of more times. I think he will wait until next year, maybe do the rematch with [Manny Pacquiao] Pacquiao and then we'll see what happens,” De La Hoya stated in an interview posted at Bloomberg.com.

De La Hoya battled Mayweather in a close match-up in 2007 when Mayweather defeated De La Hoya via a 12-round split decision victory. Recently, De La Hoya wrote an open letter to Mayweather calling the American fighter’s style as “boring” and said that Mayweather’s retirement is good for the sport.

De La Hoya appeared in the interview promoting the Canelo Alvarez of Mexico and Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico scheduled on Nov. 21. In 2008, Mayweather retired from the sport after his fight against De La Hoya but decided to return to the ring a few months later after his retirement announcement. 

“It's all business for Mayweather. That's all it is. His team, that's the difference between our fight here on November 21st. It's about passion, it's about the fans, it's about doing the best fight possible and that's what the fighters will do inside the ring - is give you a war. It is about the business for us as well but it's about the fight first,” De La Hoya added in the Bloomberg interview.

“[For Mayweather] it's all about money, low risk, high reward. And for us here, we're not naïve here - we want to make money, but its all about making sure the fans are happy.”

The Canelo vs Cotto fight will be for the World Boxing Council World middleweight championship and will be held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States.

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