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December 06, 2007 12:00 AM

While debate continues over the final results of Dancing with the Stars, former contestant Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he agrees with the crowning of Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough as champions.

“Helio really deserved it. Nobody worked harder than he worked,” Mayweather told PEOPLE at a press conference promoting his fight Saturday against Ricky Hatton.

“I thought Mel B. should have pulled it off, but they’re both winners, what else can I say.” –Mark GrayMayweather teamed with Karina Smirnoff this season and was eliminated midway through the competition. During the duration of the show, he combined DWTS rehearsals with his rigorous boxing training, all while commuting between his training facility in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, where the show is taped.

“The show was such a blessing for me,” Mayweather said.

Oscar De La Hoya, one of People en Espanol‘s Most Beautiful in 2007 and Mayweather’s most recent in-ring victim, said he walked away impressed with the champ’s dance moves.

“He’s got some good moves,” De La Hoya said. “I was proud of him. By doing the show, he brought in more attention, a different kind of audience to the sport and I think it’s good for boxing – he does so much dancing in the ring that I think it helped him on the show.”

For those tuning into Saturday’s pay per view of the Mayweather fight, don’t be surprised if it seems a bit like a Dancing reunion.

Castroneves, Wayne Newton and Mark Cuban will accompany Mayweather as he makes his ring entrance, PEOPLE has learned. Cuban and Newton will also be by his side at his official weigh-in Friday afternoon.

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