The 44-year-old last fought in December, 2006, when he was knocked out by Manny Pacquiao in eight rounds.
"I've been secretly training", De La Hoya declared on Golden Boy Radio. I'm faster than ever and stronger than ever. I know I could take out Conor McGregor in two rounds. The Golden Boy CEO might also have been upset because it took place just three weeks before the Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez fight, which was promoted by his company. The first thing I wanted to do was inspect him and get Mr McGregor and his crew out of the cage so that's what we did. Two rounds, that's all I need.
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The UFC lightweight champion is expected to return to the Octagon for his next outing and he's recently challenged his rivals in the boxing community to show their courage by testing their mettle under mixed martial arts rules but that's not something that would interest "The Golden Boy".
It's been nearly nine years since De La Hoya last fought but, having seen the money that was made when Mayweather dusted off his gloves to school "The Notorious" in his boxing debut, De La Hoya is eager to earn a similar payday.
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McGregor is no stranger to swapping the cage for the ring, having fought and lost to Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas earlier this year.
At that point I wanted to make sure Mr Redmond was safe and I wanted to clear the cage. So here's what the newly open to ideas De La Hoya said. His 2007 fight with Mayweather generated 2.48 million pay-per-view buys and shattered all box office records at the time, plus he runs arguably the biggest promotion in the boxing world. "You know I still have it in me".
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"If you thought Mayweather/Pacquiao was a black eye for our sport - a matchup between two of the best pound-for-pound fighters that simply didn't deliver - just wait until the best boxer of a generation dismantles someone who has never boxed competitively at any level - amateur or professional", De La Hoya wrote on Facebook.