While the Dana White vs Oscar De La Hoya saga is over, White will never completely rid his mind of the negative side he experienced from the boxing great. White is the President of the UFC ever since the company was brought by Zuffa in the year 2001. UFC, which as of now is owned by WME-IMG, is the world’s largest promotion for an MMA organization. White has been successful in turning a once taboo sport of MMA into a global phenomenon.
De La Hoya is considered one of the greatest Latin-American boxers of all time to ever step foot inside the Octagon. De La Hoya competed from 1992 to 2008 with a resume of capturing 11 world championships across 6 weight classes and is considered “The Golden Boy” of Boxing because of becoming the Olympic champion in the 1992 Summer Olympics. Today, De La Hoya is the President of the Golden Boy Promotions.
Dana White feels that he will never be “that cool” with Oscar De La Hoya again
In an interview with GQ Sports based on their special segment where they give internet questions to sports-associated celebrities, White talks about various things including his top favourite fighters of all time, his favourite UFC moment, how he got involved with the UFC and much more. In the midst of all White also talks about the latest on his relationship with De La Hoya. This was a friendship that turned into enmity beginning from De La Hoya’s side and is now a neutral relationship ever since De La Hoya apologised for his side.
“I feel like De La Hoya’s apology was sincere,” says White. “But there’s no way he and I can ever be friends again. He and I were actually friends, I used to go to his fights. I used to watch his fights, I used to promote his fights. That guy did way too much damage for us to ever be friends again. I appreciate his apology, get it. We’re cool but we’re never gonna be that cool,” he concludes.
What do you make of White’s resentment of De La Hoya despite the forgiveness? Do you feel the same way and think that they will never be friends again? Also, where do you put De La Hoya amongst the greatest boxers of all time and where do you put White amongst the most successful sports promoter of all time?