Oscar De La Hoya planning ring return aged 47 to face KO king Gennady Golovkin as legend insists ‘it’d be easy’

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OSCAR DE LA HOYA is planning a sensational return to the ring with Gennady Golovkin on his radar.

Manny Pacquiao demolished the 47-year-old in his last bout back in 2008, yet he reckons beating GGG would be ‘easy’.

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Oscar De La Hoya believes a ring return to fight for a world belt is on the cards[/caption]

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Gennady Golovkin has only lost one of his 42 career fights[/caption]

Boxing comebacks are all the rage right now with Mike Tyson facing Roy Jones Jr, both of which are in their 50s, on Saturday night before Floyd Mayweather returns next year.

De La Hoya will watch eagerly while formulating his own comeback plans.

And current IBF and IBO middleweight champ Golovkin is considered a serious prospect by the American.

He told BoxingScene: “You know how easy GGG would be for me? Oh, my gosh.

“It would be a high-profile fight, that’s for sure.”

A nine-year age gap exists between the fighters with Golovkin, 38, still very much an active fighter ahead of a fresh title defence against Kamil Szeremeta next month.

But De La Hoya feels he is reaching the twilight of his career, and added: “He’s older as well.

“I always took a good shot and I always took apart fighters like him.

“In my mind it would be that easy. I would definitely consider it, that’s for sure.

“Right now I came down to 170lb. So I still am not sure if I can make 154. I’m sure I can make 160 comfortably.”

De La Hoya has added to DAZN that he is ’90 per cent’ certain of making his return to the ring – while being ‘open’ to the possibility of fighting Golovkin.

The remaining 10 per cent will be decided by how Tyson in particular fares in Los Angeles on the weekend.

He noted: “I’m excited to watch and see how Tyson feels and how he looks because that’s going to be a huge determining factor.

“But it’s not going to be the only factor in the decision that I make.

“Tyson has been working out now for quite awhile. We had similar careers, similar paths.

“We’ve had the fast life outside the ring. I want to see how he looks.

“If his body breaks down in one round and Jones beats him or knocks him out then I have to think twice about doing what I’m going to do. I’m 90 percent that I will come back.”

De La Hoya amassed 11 world titles in six weight classes throughout a glittering career.

I have never even thought about Maidana and I’m still not thinking about him.

Oscar De La Hoya

A number of different opponents have been touted for his comeback, including former welterweight champ Marcos Maidana.

But the Argentine is not on his radar.

De La Hoya stated: “I have never even thought about Maidana and I’m still not thinking about him.”

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