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.
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 postfight 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.