​Floyd Mayweather Follows Up Oscar De La Hoya With Apology​​

September 17, 2021

Floyd Mayweather Jr. issued an apology Monday night for a social media post that appeared to ridicule Oscar De La Hoya, who missed last Saturday’s highly anticipated fight, for having checked into a substance abuse treatment facility.

The megafight was promoted by De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

The Los Angeles Times reported that a photo of De La Hoya was posted to the boxer’s Instagram account, accompanied by the headline “MEANWHILE IN REHAB” and a caption that read: “OSCAR: I gave Canelo the wrong blueprint I was high.”

“It’s unfortunate that a stupid picture was posted to my Instagram account earlier today that was not posted by me or authorized by me to post,” Mayweather said in a statement posted on his official website and to his Instagram account. “As I clearly stated during my fight week and again in the postfight press conference, I completely support Oscar De La Hoya and his family during this difficult time in his life. I stand by him unconditionally and would never personally disrespect him or anyone else who struggles with addiction.

“I apologize to Oscar and his family for this posting. I wish him well and am rooting for him to win his fight too. I also apologize to all of my followers for this ridiculous post. I have no ill-will towards anyone.”

Mayweather defeated Alvarez by majority decision Saturday to improve to 45-0.

Most people never found out about the social media post until later, which has been taken down.