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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 June 2006, 20:55 GMT 21:55 UK
De la Hoya delays his retirement
Oscar de la Hoya
A fight with Mayweather could make De La Hoya $40m
Oscar de la Hoya insists he will not fight again this year but says he is reluctant to retire until he has fought Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The 33-year-old was facing a deadline to announce a September superfight with Mayweather, who is considered to be the world's best pound-for-pound fighter.

De la Hoya said: "I'll only retire once and felt too much pressure to decide.

"At this point I'm leaning towards not retiring. I do want to fight on because this is what I love."

The 33-year-old has been pondering his future since he stopped Ricardo Mayorga in May to win the WBC light middleweight title in May.

But the 1992 Olympic gold medalist, who has won titles in five weight classes, refused to be rushed into a decision so soon after that dramatic victory in Las Vegas.

When and if I decide to have my next fight it will be Floyd Mayweather Jr

Oscar de la Hoya

De la Hoya said: "The decison was too much for me, it was overwhelming. That's why I postponed making it.

"But when and if I decide to have my next fight it will be Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"That's the only name I can come up with that will satisfy me to train for three months and prepare myself. It's the only name out there for me."

Mayweather would have to move from up from 147 pounds to 154 for the fight.

And de la Hoya admitted: "I realise Mayweather can beat me, but I still feel this body has some gas left in it."


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