It is yet to be seen whether or not McGregor or indeed the UFC will respond to De La Hoya's challenge, but one can't help but think if the price is right we could very well see "The Notorious" fight under Queensbury rules once again. Just 29 years old and a pro-fighter since 2008, with 15 wins by knock out under his belt, McGregor is an icon to his faithful fans who remain absorbed by his peerless skill, his fearless attitude and his infamous swagger.
De La Hoya was one of the most vocal critics of Mayweather vs. McGregor and he was rightly called out by UFC President Dana White for hypocrisy as De La Hoya didn't have much of an issue with "The Notorious" switching codes when one a Golden Boy fighter was being touted as a potential opponent.
De La Hoya did say that if a fight could be made it would have to be in the ring as he had no intention of meeting McGregor in the cage, where he admitted "he would freaking destroy me". "You know I still have it in me".
"I've been secretly training". Secretly training. I'm faster than ever, and stronger than ever. I'll come back for that fight. "Two rounds, that's all I need", he said. But how would he do against McGregor in the ring?
However, he seems to have changed his tune and is keen to face McGregor himself in a fantasy fight that could generate millions.
The director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, the governing body which oversaw Bellator 187, has explained that UFC officials informed him that McGregor would no longer be featuring on the UFC 219 card in Las Vegas due to his latest indiscretion. There's also some talk about a super-fight with Georges St-Pierre, and then discussions about a third fight with Nate Diaz haven't gone away either.
Mark Goddard attempted to stop Mayweather from celebrating inside the ring leading to ugly scenes where the Irishman pushed the referee up against the cage before being escorted out of the arena.
According to a source of ESPN, De La Hoya is truly considering a comeback, even if it doesn't involve McGregor.