The UFC lightweight champion, who took a sabbatical from the UFC in order to face boxer Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas, jumped into the cage to celebrate stable-mate Charlie Ward's win over John Redmond but was involved in an altercation with the referee.
A match between De La Hoya and McGregor seems plausible.
The 44-year-old De La Hoya hasn't competed since he was knocked out in eight rounds by Manny Pacquiao back in December 2008. The Golden Boy CEO might also have been upset because it took place just three weeks before the Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez fight, which was promoted by his company.
Although his presence on the UFC 219 card hadn't been confirmed, it's thought McGregor was lining up his return to action at the event.More news: Everton have £8.5m move for Silva rejected by Watford
'You know I'm competitive, ' De La Hoya said. I'm calling him out. I've been secretly training, secretly training.
Step inside Conor McGregor's after fight party.
And before we write the bout off as an impossibility, let's all remember that everybody dismissed the initial talk of Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor as absolutely ridiculous but then August came around and they actually met in the ring.
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"After the event, I had some executives from UFC contact me within two hours after what occurred".
McGregor was stopped in the 10th round when he stepped into the boxing ring for the first time as a professional, with Mayweather's vastly superior technique and staying power ultimately proving too much for the Irishman. So here's what the newly open to ideas De La Hoya said. That's all I'm going to say.
De La Hoya also apparently conceded that McGregor would "destroy" him in the cage, which, yes, is a given.
The Dublin native who fairly held his own against the undefeated Mayweather could soon be heading for another massive payday if the legend that is Oscar De la Hoya has his way.More news: Dawood Ibrahim's Mumbai Properties Auctioned For Over 11 Crores, Includes Hotel
Whether De La Hoya is serious about a ring return remains to be seen.
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