As he had done throughout the tour, Mayweather talked trash. De La Hoya supporters booed and shouted out a not-so-nice Spanish word at Mayweather during his turn on the dais. “Let’s be nice. Let’s be nice,” said Mayweather, who brought with him a live chicken named “Oscar.” At one point, he put a quasi-gold medal on the bird, as in, this is De La Hoya, who won a 1992 Olympics gold medal. PERHAPS it would have been appropriate to play Frank Sinatra’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” at Wednesday’s Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather Jr. news conference, held outside of Mann’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Hundreds of fans lined up in front of the Hollywood landmark to witness the finale of a two- week long tour promoting the De La Hoya-Mayweather super welterweight fight May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “I’m the villain in boxing, but damn, I’m good,” Mayweather said. Mayweather then acknowledged “Sugar” Shane Mosley, a partner in De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. “After I’m finished with Oscar, I’m going to kick your (butt).” The news conference was heating up. Fans across the street began yelling at drivers who stopped to take in the action, hindering the view. One guy threw a rock and hit an SUV that had a driver with the gall to block his view. “It don’t matter,” Mayweather said. “You all can’t fight for him. The fans can’t fight for him.” When De La Hoya was up, the chants of “Oscar, Oscar” were loud. He said that it has been a long two weeks, what with all the smack Mayweather has laid out. “I’ve been listening to Mayweather talk and talk and talk,” De La Hoya said, then directing his ensuing comment at Mayweather. “You have gotten under my skin. But it always happens, that humbling moment, that humbling experience. And I’m going to give it to you.” Later, during a round-table interview, Mayweather called De La Hoya a man who will smile and shake your hand, then stab you in the back. He said Golden Boy Promotions has treated his team like poorly and that he and his people have even been accused of stealing food from the De La Hoya camp. When told this, De La Hoya shook his head. “He’s a child,” De La Hoya said. Mayweather, 30, is 37-0 with 24 knockouts. De La Hoya, 34, is 38-4 with 30 knockouts. Israel Vazquez has come a long way since being stopped by Oscar Larios in the 12th round in the May 2002 World Boxing Council super bantamweight title fight. At that point, it appeared Vazquez might be just another one of those borderline world-class fighters who would never win a major championship. Vazquez, however, has gone 9-0 with seven knockouts since, and today he is considered one of boxing’s most respected champions. In his fourth fight after the loss to Larios, Vazquez won the vacant International Boxing Federation super bantamweight belt with a 12th-round technical knockout of Jose Luis Valbuena. After two defenses, Vazquez took on Larios again and stopped him in the third round to take Larios’ WBC title. Vazquez has defended that belt twice and he will go for a third Saturday when he squares off with Rafael Marquez at the Home Depot Center in Carson. Showtime will televise it. When Vazquez defeated Valbuena in March 2004 at the Olympic Auditorium, he became the first world champion under the Golden Boy Promotions banner. “We have basically taken him, I think, from being a champion to a star,” CEO Richard Schaefer said, “and I think if he wins against Rafael Marquez, then he is on the road to being a superstar.” Vazquez, 29, of Huntington Park via Mexico City, remembers when few gave him a chance to make something out of his career. “At the beginning, nobody believed in me,” he said. “And I tried to prove little by little that I could become a good fighter.” Some believe Vazquez (41-3, 30 KOs) has become a great fighter. His manager, Frank Espinoza of West Covina, has had his share of solid fighters. One of them is Martin Castillo, who recently lost his World Boxing Association super flyweight title. Castillo is very talented, but Espinoza said that Vazquez is the best fighter he has ever managed. “He has been the most surprising,” Espinoza said. “People never really thought that he had (the goods). I always felt confident in him, but he has showed me even more, that he has the hunger and he wants to accomplish something.” Marquez, a bantamweight champion who is moving up in weight, is ranked in the top half of most Top 10 pound-for-pound polls. Golden Boy Promotions [email protected] (562) 499-1338 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!