top of page

Oscar De La Hoya Laughs Off Dana White's Claims About MMA Fighters' Boxing Payouts

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya has fired back at UFC CEO Dana White's recent comments disputing the idea that MMA fighters are switching to boxing for bigger paychecks.

In 2017, UFC superstar Conor McGregor made a lucrative crossover to boxing for a highly anticipated bout against Floyd Mayweather, setting a precedent for MMA fighters seeking bigger paydays. This trend continued as several other former UFC fighters, including those like Jake Paul, drew significant attention and earnings from boxing matches.

Most notably, Francis Ngannou made headlines when he left his UFC heavyweight title to pursue more lucrative opportunities in boxing. In October, Ngannou secured a substantial purse in a boxing match against WBC world champion Tyson Fury. Now, on March 8, Ngannou is set for another major payday as he faces former two-time champion Anthony Joshua.

De La Hoya has emphatically rejected White's claim that MMA fighters aren't earning more in boxing.

"The only thing I have to say about that is I think I heard Dana White say something about, ‘These MMA fighters are not making more money in boxing.’ All I can say or do is laugh," De La Hoya said.
"Like, are you kidding me? Why do you think MMA fighters are going into boxing and crossing over for the payday?"

De La Hoya stressed the financial allure of boxing for MMA fighters, highlighting their willingness to test their skills and bravery in the ring against elite opponents. He dismissed White's assertion, stating, "When Dana White’s saying they’re not making more money, it’s bullsh!t. They’re making tons of money inside the ring in boxing. That’s the bottom line. That’s why you’re seeing Joshua with Ngannou. These guys are warriors."


bottom of page