Floyd Mayweather Jr apologizes for ridicule post on Oscar De La Hoya
By FnF Desk | PUBLISHED: 17, Sep 2013, 15:15 pm IST | UPDATED: 17, Sep 2013, 15:15 pm IST
Floyd Mayweather Jr. issued an apology Monday night for a social media post that appeared to ridicule Oscar De La Hoya for having checked into a substance abuse treatment facility.
According to the ESPN report, De La Hoya announced last week that he would miss last Saturday's highly anticipated bout between Mayweather and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez to check into a rehab facility. The megafight was promoted by De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.
The Los Angeles Times reported that a photo of De La Hoya was posted to Mayweather's Instagram account, accompanied by the headline "MEANWHILE IN REHAB" and a caption that read: "OSCAR: I gave Canelo the wrong blueprint I was high."
"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 posted on his official website and to his Instagram account.
"As I clearly stated during my fight week and again in the post-fight press conference, I completely support Oscar De La Hoya and his family during this difficult time in his life. I stand by him unconditionally and would never personally disrespect him or anyone else who struggles with addiction.
"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."
Mayweather defeated Alvarez by majority decision Saturday to improve to 45-0.