Oscar De La Hoya says his strongly worded attack on Floyd Mayweather is NOT a publicity stunt to get Floyd in the ring ... saying he's NOT planning on a rematch because he's too old.
De La Hoya appeared on "TMZ Sports" on FS1 on Tuesday -- and we asked if he's afraid of meeting Floyd in the streets after blasting the guy as boring and saying boxing is better off without him.
The Golden Boy says he WOULD be down to scrap with Floyd ... if there was a way to turn back the clock -- but says for all intents and purposes, his fighting days are over.
We also asked Oscar about his $100,000 bet with Jay Z over the Canelo Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto fight this weekend ... and De La Hoya made it clear, he wants Hova's money bad ... for a really good cause.
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Boxer Yusaf Mack KO'd the closet last night ... celebrating his new status as an openly gay man at one of the most famous night spots in West Hollywood.
Yusaf had a "coming out party" at Rage nightclub in Weho on Sunday night ... a longtime landmark on the L.A. gay scene. It was a helluva leap for Mack, who just revealed his sexual orientation last week.
Days ago he alleged he'd been drugged and forced to participate in a gay porno movie, but a lot has changed. We got Yusaf outside Rage, and we gotta say ... he looks really happy.
Etienne made the big time when he fought Mike Tyson back in '03 ... but saw his life spiral downward after that ... and is currently serving time in Louisiana for armed robbery, kidnapping, and attempted murder of a police officer.
We spoke to Lynn O'Shea -- who handles Etienne's business affairs -- and she tells us he began painting while inside ... and that his passion for the craft may have saved his life.
"He's amazing. He took painting serious inside and after he earned trustee status he was actually able to become the warden's artist and sleep in his paint room. That kept him away from all the drama in gen pop."
O'Shea tells us that Clifford's paintings sell "very well" and his work has been displayed at several high profile spots around south Louisiana ... including one of the last places you'd expect.
"The city of New Orleans bought one that hangs in a district police department, if you can believe that."
Unfortunately, Etienne's had a rough go of it as of late ... he was transferred to a new prison after he was nearly killed in an attack in his paint room ... and O'Shea says it's taken a toll on him.
"Things slowed down after the attack. He used to make all his own canvas and stuff to paint on ... but now he's locked down. I'm hoping some friends from his past life as a boxer can help him out."
Pretty cool moment from Floyd Mayweather ... when he hooked up Leah Still with an autographed pair of boxing gloves to help her KNOCK OUT cancer!!
The backstory is interesting ... Leah's dad Devon Still says he's been advising his daughter to approach the cancer fight like Mayweather approaches his opponents in the ring.
"When she was diagnosed with cancer I told her she had to win every round (like boxers- mayweather to be exact) of chemo/treatment and she would win the fight against cancer."'
When Mayweather's camp got word -- he wanted to help ... and according to Devon, "He surprised Leah with an autographed glove for winning her fight and he threw in another glove for me to auction off at my first annual Still Strong Foundation Gala!"
In the market for an authentic X-ray of Muhammad Ali's broken jaw??? Well, too bad ... 'cause it just sold at one of the coolest charity auctions we've ever seen.
It's a pretty cool piece of memorabilia -- taken right after Ken Norton busted his face during their big fight in 1973 ... a fight Ali actually lost.
Ali signed the X-ray, "To Carol & Russ From Muhammad Ali, 1973" ... and it ended up in the private collection of "Simpsons" creator Sam Simon, a HUUUUGE boxing fan.
Simon's massive collection was auctioned off to raise money for his charity organization --along with a TON of other cool stuff -- with the X-ray raking in a cool $1,500! No word on the I.D. of the buyer.
All of the proceeds from the auction -- which raised more than $250k -- supports both animal welfare programs and poverty alleviation and disaster relief organizations.
The 28-year-old champ is seriously pissed off at Floyd -- and Manny Pacquiao -- calling them both out for refusing to fight him in the ring ... and comparing Mayweather to poultry in the process.
"I wanted the Floyd Mayweather fight," Khan told Boxing News ... "Floyd in a way he chickened out, he didn’t give me the fight. Three years he was saying he was going to give me the fight, then he didn’t give me the fight."
When the Mayweather fight fell through, Khan turned his attention to Pacquiao -- but that deal fell apart earlier this month, with Khan claiming Pacman was dragging his feet.
"I am not going to wait around for Manny like I did for Mayweather," Khan told The National ..."I am willing to fight anyone, but it seems not everyone is willing to fight me."
TMZ Sports spoke with Shannon (always fun) who told us he was banging around in a south Florida gym with Khaled recently when he spit an idea at him ... to play the part of announcer in his new game "Let's Go Champ Boxing."
Briggs says the world famous DJ jumped at the opportunity -- and the two men are hashing out the details as we speak ... as well as working in the gym to give Khaled that championship body.
No word on when the game will be out ... but Shannon says he's got four more video games ... and get this ... a grill of his own in the works.
So, maybe he'll forget about you Wlad ... wait, not a chance.
Boxing superstar Gennady Golovkin says he's ready, willing and able to fight Floyd Mayweather once he disposes of David Lemieux next weekend ... telling TMZ Sports, "I'm ready."
Triple G was in L.A. training for his big October 17th fight -- when he told us he's still focused on taking down Lemieux ... but it's clear he's itching for his shot to beat the crap out of Money May.
What's interesting ... we asked if Gennady would settle for a bout with Manny Pacquiao if Floyd chickens out -- but Triple G shot that down saying, "Manny's too small."
FYI -- Gennady has previously said he would drop weight to fight the smaller Mayweather. Guess Pacquiao simply isn't worth the diet.