Mayorga-De La Hoya presser!
February 28, 2006
By Whit Haydon from Fight News
The fireworks continued between Oscar De La Hoya and Ricardo Mayorga Tuesday afternoon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in West Los Angeles. If the media and all in attendance were looking for free entertainment from Mayorga, they got it in great abundance, as Mayorga reeled off a series of quotes and antics that would make a longshoreman blush.
"On May 6th I'm going to make you my bitch", shouted Mayorga, clad in an exquisite Matador's outfit. ""No one will recognize you. You remind me of an old lady past his prime sitting in a rocking chair doing nothing." he shouted as loud as he possibly could despite jeers from random members of the 150 or so in attendance.
"This clown sitting to the right of me has disrespected me. My strongest hand is my right hand, see his eye? I'm going to use it to detach his retina.....You're going to be my bitch in my bed anytime I want you. I hate bitches and I'm going to make you my little bitch."
Mayorga looked down from the dais at De La Hoya, who appeared to be seething. Trying to get a rise out of him, Mayorga feinted at the golden boy, who did not flinch despite Mayorga's hand coming within an inch.
The antics continued as Mayorga stood on his seat and made crotch grabbing gestures toward the crowd and De La Hoya, shouting "I'm the one with the balls. You (Oscar) don't even know how to represent your own people. (All the latin people) will be rooting for me on May 6th."
Mayweather Sr. then went to the podium and went off on Mayorga.
"Sit your bum ass down. If you put your hands on me you're going out."
Mayorga kept screaming. Mayweather kept challenging him but nothing happened.
King interruped "We're never even going to make it to May 6."
De La Hoya finally took the podium and had very little to say, but his comments were very pointed. "This will be...................... the fight of my life." said De La Hoya. "I've never had anger except for one guy out there, and he got knocked out" (obviously referring to Fernando Vargas).
Turning to Mayorga with fist clenched: "I'm going to knock you out - Credo - Believe me. Credo. You have disrespected me, my wife, and my people and I will knock you out." (translated from Spanish).
Earlier the two had come in separately, and the face-off came and went without incident. De La Hoya came in with almost a presidential flair, very businesslike. Two minute later it was Mayorga coming in with his incredible attire and usual flamboyance that added more than a mid-sized level of electricity through the room.
Don King said he is aiming for an unprecedented two million PPV buys at 49.95 a pop on this one, drawing laughter from some, yet King never backed off.
"Two million is nothing is a pittance compared to the worldwide population" King said.
King had fun as Mayorga's promoter, promising that De La Hoya "will have to endure the powerful pummeling of the nuclear tank before him (in Mayorga)."
The bout will be for Mayorga's 154 lb WBC crown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 6th in what could likely conclude the career of Oscar De La Hoya regardless of what happens in the ring.