Last month, former multiple-title-winning boxer Oscar De La Hoya wrote a farewell letter to Floyd Mayweather in the December issue of Playboy. Mayweather had announced his retirement after going 49-0 in his boxing career — but instead of paying homage to the undefeated champ, De La Hoya tore him apart.
Throughout the letter, De La Hoya accused Mayweather of avoiding tough opponents, waiting until guys were past their prime to fight them (Manny Pacquiao, for instance) and generally offering more bark than bite. Among the many stinging turns of phrase, this one stands out: “You’re going to have a legacy. You’ll be remembered as the guy who made the most money. As for your fights? We’ve already forgotten them.” De La Hoya also said that “the fight game will be a better one without you in it.”
Mayweather’s usually not afraid to speak his mind when people criticize him, but he stayed quiet in the wake of the De La Hoya letter. He did, however, go on DJ Whoo Kid’s SiriusXM radio show, “The Whoolywood Shuffle,“ yesterday morning. Several topics came up, including the recent Canelo Alvarez v. Miguel Cotto fight and the Ronda Rousey knockout, and eventually they got around to De La Hoya. Here’s what Mayweather had to say about the letter:
"Sometimes, drugs, jealousy…” Mayweather says, trailing off. “I wish him nothing but the best. I’m just saying, the reason why he’s probably going after me is because of the drugs and because of the jealousy. That comes with the territory.”
Sure, Floyd. It’s definitely drugs and jelaousy. It has nothing to do with you avoiding the man who everyone said would be your toughest opponent for more than half a decade and then finishing off your career against no-name Andre Berto. To be fair, De La Hoya had his chance to beat you in the ring several years ago and failed.
Read De La Hoya’s full letter right here on Playboy.com and decide for yourself who is right about Mayweather’s legacy in the boxing world.
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Joseph Misulonas is the Girls co-editor for Playboy.com. He can be found on Twitter at @jmisulonas.