Floyd apologizes over De La Hoya meme
MANILA, Philippines – American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has apologized over an Internet meme posted on his Instagram account which mocked Golden Boy Promotions’ Oscar De La Hoya.
The meme was a photo of a red-eyed De La Hoya with the words, "OSCAR: 'I gave Canelo the wrong Blueprint. I was high.'"
The photo was a tirade on De La Hoya's vocal backing of Alvarez, who suffered a lopsided defeat to Mayweather. It was posted on Mayweather's Instagram account Monday (Tuesday, Manila) but was deleted hours later.
De La Hoya, whose outfit promoted the Mayweather fight against Alvarez, was recently admitted to a rehabilitation facility for substance abuse.
“It's unfortunate that a stupid picture was posted to my Instagram account earlier today that was not posted by me or authorized by me to post,” Mayweather said in a statement.
“I apologize to Oscar and his family for this posting. I wish him well and am rooting for him to win his fight too. I also apologize to all of my followers for this ridiculous post. I have no ill-will towards anyone and have repeatedly stated that I only seek positivity in my life and for others.”
Mayweather said he has no intention to insult De La Hoya, whom he said is going through a difficult time.
“Although we have had our differences in the past, I stand by him unconditionally and would never personally disrespect him or anyone who struggles with addiction,” he said.