There is a wave of boxing and mixed martial arts veterans returning for super fights and exhibitions. However, there is one former boxer that you can cross off the return list: Felix Trinidad.
The 48-year-old three-division world champion recently appeared on Telemundo. He cleared up speculation about a return during the gold rush for veterans.
“I’m not coming back to boxing,” said Trinidad on Telemundo.
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In addition, Trinidad was asked about the possibility of a return. Retired rival Oscar De La Hoya’s upcoming bout against former UFC star Vitor Belfort is on September 11. Trinidad handed De La Hoya his first career defeat in a twelve-round majority decision.
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De La Hoya will battle Belfort in the main event of LEGENDS II. The event is set for Saturday, September 11 at the STAPLES Center.
“This is going to be a real fight, not an exhibition, said De La Hoya. Belfort and I are going to beat the living crap out of each other. We are prepared to leave it all in the ring; there will be no holding back. My training has been grueling and intense, and I can’t wait to get into the ring and show everyone what I do best: fight!”
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De La Hoya, 48, was an 11-time world champion in six different weight classes. In addition, he generated over 700 million dollars in pay-per-view revenue.
“He was left with the desire,” said Trinidad. “We offered Oscar the fight eight times. Eight times he had the opportunity to face me since I beat him on September 18, 1999. He did nothing. I am already retired.”
Trinidad is not going to cash in on boxing’s renaissance. However, the veteran pack are diving in.