The rivalry seemed to come to a boiling point when White repeatedly called De La Hoya a “cokehead” following his booking of a trilogy bout with Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz under the Golden Boy Promotions label. Now the boxing legend is taking a different approach, offering up an apology to the UFC President during a June appearance on ‘The MMA Hour‘ with Ariel Helwani.
“There were some exchanges going back and forth with me and Dana, which I apologized for, 1000 percent.”
Oscar De La Hoya went on to discuss his desire to work with Dana White to build something together in the world of professional boxing.
“I would love to work with him,” De La Hoya said of White. “It would be a lot of fun and interesting to build something together, because boxing is a very fragmented sport, and what the Fertitta brothers did and what Dana did with the UFC is incredible.
“Buying the company many years ago, building it into a powerhouse, building it into a league, building it into what it is now is just so admirable. So yeah, I’m extending an olive branch. I would love to sit down and talk and smooth things out, let bygones be bygones, and then focus on business.”
Dana White Believes Oscar De La Hoya’s Apology is Sincere
During his ‘Actually Me‘ segment for GQ Sports, Dana White briefly addressed Oscar De La Hoya’s apology from June. The outspoken face of the UFC believes that the apology was sincere, but there has been far too much damage done to repair their once-friendly relationship.
“I feel like De La Hoya’s apology was sincere, but there’s no way he and I will 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.”
As for the possibility of Dana White getting involved in the boxing industry, the UFC President slammed the book shut on that, calling boxing a “corrupt, insane, f*cked up sport.”