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Oscar says he made eight figure offer to GGG for 2017

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ARLINGTON, Texas– Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya boasted at the post-fight press conference following Canelo’s win that he made an “eight-figure offer” to Gennady Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler a month ago and never heard back for a fight next September.

That followed Canelo’s claim in the ring after his ninth-round stoppage for a 154-pound title that Golden Boy made a number of overtures to Loeffler for a fight next fall and he “didn’t accept.” De La Hoya portrayed Golovkin’s camp as suddenly reluctant to take a lucrative deal to face Canelo in 2017.

“I didn’t want to talk about any other offers that we had made to anyone else,” De La Hoya said. “I know you know what I’m talking about. So, 30 days ago I made an offer to GGG and his people. I made an eight-figure offer. I believe it’s an offer that was two, three, four times what he’s ever made and haven’t heard back. And that’s the bottom line.”

Loeffler told after the fight that Golden Boy’s offer wasn’t substantial enough, but he remains committed to make a fight with Canelo. “There were some preliminary discussions with (Golden Boy),” Loeffler wrote in a text. “But nothing of substance that was turned down. (Golovkin) would have fought Canelo last May if that would have been possible (before Canelo vacated the title to his mandatory Golovkin).”

De La Hoya said he spoke to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Saturday night about possibly putting Canelo-GGG in AT&T Stadium. “He would love that fight here in his stadium,” De La Hoya said. “I told him, ‘Jerry, you have to show me the money.’ That’s the bottom line. Because the bottom line is Canelo isn’t afraid of anybody. He’s going to fight GGG in September.”

De La Hoya mapped out a schedule for Canelo to possibly fight in December in New York and again in May and then “the big fight” with Golovkin next fall. “All I need is for GGG and his people to at least call us back and negotiate and to take the offer,” De La Hoya said. “GGG has said that he’s not a businessman and he’s said publicly that Canelo is going to offer him $2 million. Well, guess what? There’s an eight-figure number on the table for Golovkin. Sign the contract and let’s stop with this nonsense.”

Canelo arrived at the press conference with his right hand bandaged after he bruised a knuckle in the second round. He plans to see a physician on Sunday to learn the full extent of the injury but he doesn’t believe it’s broken. Canelo admitted he’s likely moving to 160 pounds in his next fight “after the way I feel.”

Punchlines: The official attendance of 51,240 was a sellout based on the scaled seating of the stadium on Mexican Independence Weekend, De La Hoya said.