… ‘I Held Back’
The Golden Boy ain’t gonna like this …
Oscar & Diesel squared off for his old TV show, “Shaq Vs.” where the big fella would go up against other pro athletes in their different sports … with awesome results.
De La Hoya won via decision … but when we got O’Neal out in NYC he told our guy he basically took a dive.
“I held back ’cause he was my friend.”
Not everybody got the homie treatment though … Shaq told us he had another fight, this time with boxing great Sugar Shane Mosley where he “turned it up a little.”
We found the video — and yeah, Shaq hit Mosley with some REAL power shots and bullied him around the ring like a rag doll.
Mosley ended up winning that fight in a 5-round decision (and hit Shaq with some power shots of his own) … but it’s clear Shaq was trying to send a message that he’s no joke when it comes to fighting.