MANILA – Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya has expressed his desire to own a piece of the Los Angeles Clippers franchise, on the same day American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he was “very interested” in buying the team.
Current Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life from the sport by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver following his racist comments that drew outrage from players, fans, and other team owners.
Silver has also urged the NBA owners to vote to force the 80-year-old Sterling to sell the team that he has owned for 33 years.
“The league has made it known that it wants more minorities involved, and as a proud Mexican-American, I will bring a different perspective to the NBA in general, and the Clippers in particular,” De La Hoya said in a statement.
“I was born and raised in Los Angeles, I know what it takes to run a successful sports entity, and nothing would make me happier than to bring an NBA championship home to Southern California sports fans,” he added.
Earlier, the unbeaten Mayweather told reporters in Las Vegas that he is “very interested” in buying the Clippers, along with “a couple other of my billionaire guys.”
Mayweather also made it clear that he was not only looking to own a small percentage of the franchise. “I can’t come in talking about Mayweather only gonna get three percent, four percent. I got to get a solid percentage,” the boxer said.
“Do we want to buy the Clippers? Yes, we do. We are very, very interested in buying the Clippers,” he added. “Me and my team do want to buy the Clippers and we can afford the Clippers.”
Mayweather, the highest-paid athlete in the world, also said that he had nothing negative to say about Sterling, who was caught on tape asking a woman friend not to bring African-Americans to Clipper games.
“He (Sterling) has always treated me with utmost respect,” said Mayweather, who fights Marcos Maidana this weekend in Las Vegas. “He has always invited me to games, always.”
In contrast, De La Hoya commended Silver’s decision to ban Sterling for life.
“I applaud NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for his quick and decisive action regarding the Donald Sterling situation, and his forward thinking will push the league toward a positive future,” the former “Golden Boy” said.
“There is no room for racism and unfair treatment in any professional sport, or in life in general. I hope to be a part of positive change for the league,” De La Hoya added.
De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions company is co-promoting the Mayweather-Maidana fight in cooperation with the American boxer’s own Mayweather Promotions.