De La Hoya slams "brat" Mayweather

De La Hoya slams "brat" Mayweather
By Seconds Out

28/03/2007 at 00:00Updated

'Golden Boy' Oscar De La Hoya says that the time he has spent with Floyd Mayweather Jr promoting their clash on May 5th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas has showed him the "little brat" that 'Pretty Boy' really is.

"I truly feel that Mayweather Jr needs a humbling experience," De La Hoya said on Wednesday. "He really is a little brat. Just the way he comes across, he is very arrogant.

"Obviously, we were on a press tour for so many days and he can get up on the podium and say a few nice things and then his real side will come out.

"He starts talking all this trash, that I am nothing and I haven't fought anybody and this and that. It is uncalled for. It is unnecessary. You would never see Tiger Woods talk bad about Jack Nicholas.

"It is just something that is disrespectful and therefore it revs me up to really shut him up on May 5th."

De La Hoya, 34, said that before his recent cross-country media tour to promote this fight, he had no prior contact with 30-year-old Mayweather Jr in person.

"I actually had no contact with Floyd Jr prior to the media tour," he explained. "I didn't know of him, I didn't know what kind of person he was. The only thing I knew about him is what his father (Floyd Sr) would tell me while we were training down here for several fights.

"How he is a bad guy and how he hangs around with bad people. How he is a little brat and he needs a lesson, things like that. I would tell Floyd Sr, 'how bad can it be?' I didn't think it was that bad.

"But once I got over the tour with him, now I can understand what he was meaning. But prior to that, I would never talk to him or we would never confront each other or we never had the opportunity to talk."