The legendary MMA double champion was offered a sizeable payday to face boxing great De La Hoya on Triller Fight Club’s return to pay-per-view next month, but the UFC stopped it
UFC legend Georges St-Pierre has revealed Dana White stopped him from taking on Oscar De La Hoya in a boxing fight.
The former two-weight world champion was offered the bout as part of the September 11 ‘Legends II’ pay-per-view, which now features the boxing star against Vitor Belfort.
And despite being interested, St-Pierre was informed he would not be released from his UFC contract.
“I thought it would be a fun thing to do,” St-Pierre said during an appearance on The MMA Hour. “My career to prove that I’m the strongest man in the world in the sport of mixed martial arts is done.
“I’m 40 years old – but to do something different, something that could be fun.
“And it was very motivating for me, plus on top of that a lot of money would’ve been given to charity, against a legend in the sport like Oscar De La Hoya, I think I would’ve done it.
“It’s not because I believe I’m a better boxer than Oscar De La Hoya was when he was in his prime, but I do now believe he probably has more mileage than I do.
“I’m in great shape, I’m younger, I used to compete at a heavier weight class. I think it would be a fair fight that the fans would’ve wanted to watch.”
And White, who allowed for a similar arrangement when Ben Askren fought Jake Paul in April, said that he didn’t believe St-Pierre could get the better of De La Hoya.
White and De La Hoya have a fierce rivalry that dates back to when Conor McGregor came over to boxing to fight Floyd Mayweather, a bout of which the former fighter was very critical.
And it spawned a retaliation from De La Hoya, who put on his own Golden Boy MMA event with Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell fighting for a third time, which flopped at the box office.
And despite persuasion from close friend and business partner Lorenzo Fertitta, White would not budge on allowing the bout to take place.
“I even called Lorenzo [Fertitta, former UFC owner] to try to convince Dana,” St-Pierre claimed.
“Lorenzo liked the idea, but Dana did not want it.
“I knew he hates Oscar but I said to him, ‘Listen, I’m going to make Oscar look bad because I’m in great shape.’
“I’ve been staying in great shape the whole time and I’m going to do a full boxing training camp with Freddie Roach and his world champions there, so I told him ‘I will be very well prepared’.”
White then told St-Pierre that he didn’t like the idea of Triller making money from his fighters, and completely shut down the fight
” At first he says to me that the reason why he did not want it is because he thought that Oscar would basically destroy me in a boxing match,” St-Pierre joked.
“And I had some good arguments; I told him that I believe Oscar has more mileage than I do, he’s no longer in his prime, I stayed busy the whole time, I’m still in great shape, I’m going to be very well prepared and I’m taking this fight very seriously.
“If I do it, because it’s my name, my image is attached to it, I will do it 100 percent.
“And I told Dana, I said, ‘If there’s one MMA fighter that go to boxing and look good in this situation, it would be me.’
“And at first he refused, but then he thought about it.
“But he came back with the argument that, oh, no, it’s not because he thinks Oscar is going to win; he thinks it’s because he doesn’t like the fact that Triller takes me and makes money off my back while I’m still under contract with UFC.”