While UFC President Dana White was promoting Conor McGregor’s boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, he received non-stop criticism from Oscar De La Hoya. The former prized fighter—and rival fight promoter— was highly critical of pairing a mixed martial artists boxing for the first time with one of the sport’s best ever, saying it was bad for boxing. So if you thought White would let De La Hoya’s recent comments go unnoticed—De La Hoya stating that he wanted to box McGregor—you don’t know White.
Tuesday on The Jim Rome Show, White didn’t hide his feelings when he was asked about De La Hoya’s about-face.
“The nuttiest whack job on earth,” White called De La Hoya. “This guy, I don’t know if this guy is hitting the yayo and the booze again, or what his deal is, but this guy is on another planet. I have zero respect for this guy.”
White couldn’t help but laugh when he heard De La Hoya change his tune once he saw McGregor’s valiant effort against Mayweather—not to mention the financial windfall—after they set numerous PayPerView records.
“Mayweather vs McGregor was a complete disrespect to the sport of boxing, it was disgusting,” White ranted. “But him versus Conor McGregor is a good idea. This guy is a complete nut.”
While White defended his star’s foray into boxing, McGregor’s future in the UFC is uncertain. White acknowledged he wasn’t sure about the 29-year-old’s future after some of his outside-the-cage activities, including jumping into the cage during a Bellator fight and confronting a referee.
“You see these guys. They’re young, they become super-famous, and you get a hundred million in the bank. It’s hard to keep guys on the tracks,” White said. “It’s one of those things I question daily. When I talk to Conor, Conor still has that fire. I want to this, I want to do that. But at the same time, he’s all over place.”
After earning life-changing money for his boxing match against Mayweather, and with dozens of business opportunities outside of fighting, White understands that McGregor’s behavior isn’t unlike anybody else who experienced a huge financial windfall—even some of the people associated with UFC’s sale.
“There’s a level of uncertainly, in any business,” White said. “When we sold the company, we had lawyers, and a matchmaker, and other guys who made a lot of money and decided to never work again.’”