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Floyd Mayweather apologizes to Oscar De La Hoya for mocking addiction

Floyd Mayweather trounced Oscar De La Hoya’s fighter Saturday night. (John Gurzinski / AFP Getty Images)

Floyd Mayweather Jr. apologized for a misstep Monday night after a photo and captions on his Instagram account ridiculed Oscar De La Hoya for being in a rehab facility.

“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 (via the Los Angeles Times).

A photo of De La Hoya looking sad was posted with the caption “MEANWHILE IN REHAB” and the words “OSCAR: I gave Canelo the wrong blueprint I was high.” The photo was later deleted.

Mayweather has criticized De La Hoya in the past for his lifestyle and for has previously ripped De La Hoya’s lifestyle. “Blueprint” refers to De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, which represents Canelo Alvarez, the fighter Mayweather trounced Saturday night. De La Hoya announced last week that he was seeking treatment for an unspecified relapse.

“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,” Mayweather’s statement said. “Although we have had our differences in the past, 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 and have repeatedly stated that I only seek positivity in my life and for others.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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