The UFC will be keen to, at least, be seen to take some action against the Irish fighter, though not appearing on a UFC 219 card will not go far enough for many observers of mixed martial arts.
It's been nearly nine years since De La Hoya last fought but, having seen the money that was made when Mayweather dusted off his gloves to school "The Notorious" in his boxing debut, De La Hoya is eager to earn a similar payday.
The 44-year-old legend hasn't fought in a professional match in almost a decade.
Follow one of sport's most unforgettable journeys as the unflinching and brutally honest documentary, Conor McGregor: Notorious, arrives on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Platforms Monday 20 November. "I'll come back for that fight", he said. Two rounds, that's all I need. That's all I'm going to say.
De La Hoya, who retired in 2009 after a one-sided defeat Manny Pacquiao, won 10 world titles in six different weight classes and is regarded as one of the finest boxers of his generation.
The Las Vegas megafight on August 26 between the unbeaten Mayweather and boxing novice McGregor broke box office records and captured the world's attention. But, then McGregor was booked to box Mayweather, and De La Hoya blasted the bout, and even called on fans to protest the fight.
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"You know I'm competitive", De La Hoya said on Golden Boy Radio with Tattoo and the Crew.
"Our sport might not ever recover".
After Ward sent his opponent to his knees with a big first-round right-hander, McGregor jumped into the cage in celebration, at which point referee Marc Goddard attempted to pull him away since he was not a licenced corner man and was not permitted to be in the octagon.
However, he seems to have changed his tune and is keen to face McGregor himself in a fantasy fight that could generate millions.
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.
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