Eddie Alvarez has confirmed he is in ‘serious talks’ with Oscar De La Hoya about being his returning opponent and the fight may even be announced this week.
Former pound-for-pound and PPV star De La Hoya announced at the Ben Askren vs Jake Paul press conference that he will return to the ring this summer without having fought since 2008.
The Mexican was outclassed and stopped by Manny Pacquaio that night in Las Vegas, with De La Hoya moving instead in promoting fighters under his Golden Boy banner.
Holding 11 world titles in six weight divisions, he apparently had nothing left to prove after a successful 16-year career.
However, he told Snoop Dogg at the Triller Fight Club event earlier this month that he wanted to come back and that Alvarez might just stand in front of him.
The former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion is currently competing for ONE Championship and has ambitions to become the first lightweight to hold world titles in three different organizations.
After a controversial loss on his last outing this weekend thanks to a disqualification, the Philadelphia native said. ESPN there are “serious discussions” about its passage in the square circle.
“Recently we heard from the guys from Oscar De La Hoya,” Alvarez said.
“Look, I’m obsessed with the ONE Championship belt. I mean, I’m focused on the story and getting my world title.
“But I have the feeling that there is going to be a lull; the champion is going to sit down for a bit, I think he’s going to have a baby.
“If that happens, Oscar de la Hoya and the guys have reached out and damn it, I’d love to come in and mix with him. It would be a hell of a fight.
“Everyone here in Philadelphia is supporting me and all the boxing in Philadelphia to support me and get in there and mix with this guy would be a dream come true.
“I actually think I would do good against him, so I’d be really excited about it if these guys found out. But we will, however.
Alvarez was stopped by Conor McGregor in 2016 at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden after being knocked down several times in eight minutes.
Still, the 37-year-old has 17 knockouts out of his 30 wins and insists the talks may even come to an imminent conclusion.
“Oh yes, there are serious discussions,” he added. “They are as serious as wanting to make a deal this week seriously.”