McGregor's manager, Paradigm Management's Audie Attar, was quizzed about the matter by MMA Fighting's Marc Raimondi and insisted Mazzulli's allegation that the Irishman has been yanked from the UFC 219 card was 'not true'.
According to a source of ESPN, De La Hoya is truly considering a comeback, even if it doesn't involve McGregor. 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. The Golden Boy CEO might also have been upset because it took place just three weeks before the Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez fight, which was promoted by his company.
McGregor - who remains under contract to UFC - is yet to respond to De La Hoya's comments.
Speaking to Dash Radio, De La Hoya - who won an Olympic gold medal for the United States of America at Barcelona 1992 - said: "You know I'm competitive, you know I still have it in me". I'm faster than ever and stronger than ever. The first thing I wanted to do was inspect him and get Mr McGregor and his crew out of the cage so that's what we did.
2017 might go down the most lucrative year in Conor McGregor's entire career but it's also been the most controversial by far. However, these are the same hurdles the UFC needed to work out in order for McGregor to fight Floyd Mayweather, and that got ironed out. That's all I'm going to say. "[My confidence] is how I feel now from my training", said De La Hoya.
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'Two rounds, that's all I need.
The Dublin native who fairly held his own against the undefeated Mayweather could soon be heading for another massive payday if the legend that is Oscar De la Hoya has his way.
At that point I wanted to make sure Mr Redmond was safe and I wanted to clear the cage.
De La Hoya has flirted with the idea of returning to the ring in the past, most-recently in 2015 - but that never came to fruition.