'GOLDEN Boy' Oscar De La Hoya has written a farewell letter for the retired Floyd Mayweather, Jr. but it's not the kind you'd expect, riddled with words like 'boring' and 'afraid' and 'snooze fest.'
In the letter that is set to appear in the December issue of Playboy magazine, the former six-division world champion congratulated 'Money' for his spotless 49-0 (win-loss) record but was critical of the way the American fighter went about his bouts.
"Let’s face it: You were boring. Just take a look at your most recent performance, your last hurrah in the ring, a 12-round decision against Andre Berto. How to describe it? A bust? A disaster? A snooze fest? An affair so one-sided that on one judge’s card Berto didn’t win a single round? Everyone in boxing knew Berto didn’t have a chance," De La Hoya wrote in one passage.
De La Hoya, who lost a split division to Mayweather in 2007, also voiced his feeling that boxing is better off without a fighter who he said avoided a fight with Manny Pacquiao five years ago because he deemed in 'too risky.'
Mayweather also lied when he promised a battle of the ages in his megafight against Pacquiao.
"Another reason boxing is better off without you: You were afraid. Afraid of taking chances. Afraid of risk," said De La Hoya, who lost to both Mayweather and Pacquiao during his career.
"A perfect example is your greatest “triumph,” the long-awaited record-breaking fight between you and Manny Pacquiao. Nearly 4.5 million buys! More than $400 million in revenue! Headlines worldwide! How can that be bad for boxing? Because you lied. You promised action and entertainment and a battle for the ages, and you delivered none of the above."
In retirement, De La Hoya said Mayweather is better off in the hit made-for-TV competition Dancing with the Stars.
“It’s a job that’s safe, pays well and lets you run around on stage,” De La Hoya said. “Something you’ve been doing for most of your career."