Two of the most recognizable names in the sport of boxing have already expressed their interest in purchasing the Los Angeles Clippers when the franchise goes up for sale. Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya have publicly announced, separately, their desire to own Los Angeles’ second team after news broke that NBA Comissioner Adam Silver had banned current Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the NBA for life.
Mayweather, in an interview yesterday during fight week for his welterweight unification bout against Marcos Maidana, told reporters that he has already formed the core of his investment group. That group includes powerful boxing adviser and entertainment mogul Al Haymon, and Mayweather’s long time friend and manager, Leonard Ellerbe. Maywether said he also hopes to bring Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer on board as well as some of his other billionaire guys.
“I called Al today about that to see if me, Leonard and Al, and hopefully Richard and a couple of other guys, a couple other of my billionaire guys, we can come together and see what we can come up with,” Mayweather said. “Hopefully, we can do it, and it’s not just talk.
“With me, I can’t come in talking about Mayweather only gonna get 3 percent, 4 percent. I got to get a solid percentage. Do we want to buy the Clippers? Yes, we do. We are very, very interested in buying the Clippers. We’ll keep the Clippers right where they’re at. When I’m not boxing, I’m at the games all the time. We do want to buy the Clippers. Me and my team do want to buy the Clippers and we can afford the Clippers.”
Longtime rival and president of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya, a native Angeleno, also stated that he is highly interested in purchasing his hometown team. De La Hoya seems to think his ownership of the Clippers would bring an added level of diversity to the NBA.
“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,” said De La Hoya. “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.”
With the way this Clippers drama has unfolded, it may be tough for either Mayweather or De La Hoya to actually secure an ownership stake in the franchise due to their individual pasts. Mayweather has made some racist remarks toward fellow boxer Manny Pacquiao, in addition to serving time for allegedly battering the mother of three of his children. And De La Hoya has his own issues with drug abuse and cross dressing that might scare league owners away.