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Oscar De La Hoya

Oscar De La Hoya
De La Hoya in 2011
Nickname(s) The Golden Boy
Rated at Super featherweight
Light welterweight
Light middleweight
Height 5 ft 10 12 in (1.79 m)
Reach 73 in (185 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1973-02-04) February 4, 1973
East Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 45
Wins 39
Wins by KO 30
Losses 6

Oscar De La Hoya (born February 4, 1973)[2][3] is a Mexican American former professional boxer. Nicknamed "The Golden Boy", De La Hoya won a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics shortly after graduating from James A. Garfield High School.

He was born in East Los Angeles, California, and comes from a boxing family. His grandfather Vicente, father Joel Sr. and brother Joel Jr. were all boxers. De La Hoya was The Ring magazine's "Fighter of the Year" in 1995, and their top-rated pound for pound fighter in the world in 1997 and 1998. De La Hoya officially announced his retirement in 2009, after a professional career spanning sixteen years.

As a professional, De La Hoya defeated 17 world champions and won ten world titles in six different weight classes.[4][5] He has also generated approximately $700 million in pay-per-view income. In 2002, he founded Golden Boy Promotions, a combat sport promotional firm. He is the first American of Mexican descent to own a national boxing promotional firm and one of the few boxers to take on promotional responsibilities while still active.[6]


  • Amateur career 1
    • Super-featherweight 1.1
    • Lightweight 1.2
      • De La Hoya vs Ruelas unification 1.2.1
    • Light-welterweight 1.3
      • Chávez vs De La Hoya 1.3.1
    • Welterweight 1.4
      • Whitaker vs De La Hoya 1.4.1
      • De La Hoya vs Trinidad unification 1.4.2
      • De La Hoya vs Mosley 1.4.3
    • Light-middleweight 1.5
      • Rivalry with Fernando Vargas 1.5.1
      • De La Hoya vs Mosley II 1.5.2
    • Middleweight 1.6
      • Sturm vs De La Hoya 1.6.1
      • Hopkins vs De La Hoya 1.6.2
    • Comeback 1.7
      • Mayorga vs De La Hoya 1.7.1
    • De La Hoya vs Mayweather 1.8
    • De La Hoya vs Pacquiao 1.9
    • Retirement 1.10
  • Personal life 2
  • Amateur highlights 3
  • Professional boxing record 4
  • Titles in boxing 5
  • Pay-per-view bouts 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Amateur career

De La Hoya's amateur career included 234 wins, 163 by knockout, and six losses. Of those six losses, two came at the hands of Shane Mosley.[7] In 1989, he won the National Golden Gloves title in the bantamweight division. In 1990, at the age of 17, he won the U.S. National Championship at featherweight and was the youngest U.S. boxer at that year’s Goodwill Games, winning a gold medal. The joy of victory was tempered by the news that his mother, Cecilia, was terminally ill with breast cancer. She died in October 1990, expressing the hope that her son would one day become an Olympic gold medalist.

With the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona approaching, De La Hoya turned his mother's dream into a strong focus for his training. After an upset victory in the first round over the Mexican boxer Julio Gonzalez, De La Hoya defeated German boxer Marco Rudolph to win gold. The U.S. media publicized his quest to fulfill his mother's dying wish and dubbed him with the nickname "The Golden Boy", which has remained with him throughout his career.[8][9][10]


On November 23, 1992 De La Hoya made his professional debut by scoring a first round TKO victory. In his twelfth professional fight, he won his first world title at age 20, stopping WBO Super Featherweight title.[11] He defended the title once, stopping Giorgio Campanella (20–0) in three rounds.


On July 29, 1994, he knocked out Lightweight title. In his first title defense, he defeated John-John Molina (36–3), who had recently vacated his IBF Super Featherweight title, by unanimous decision.

De La Hoya vs Ruelas unification

On May 6, 1995, De La Hoya defeated IBF lightweight champion Rafael Ruelas (43–1–0) in a unification bout. De La Hoya knocked Ruelas down twice before the fight was stopped in the second round. The IBF then ordered De La Hoya to defend against Miguel Julio.

He relinquished the IBF title and defended the WBO title against undefeated Genaro Hernández (32–0–1), who relinquished the WBA super-featherweight title to fight De La Hoya.[12] Hernandez quit after six rounds because of a broken nose. In his sixth and final defense of the WBO lightweight title, he knocked out Jesse James Leija (30–1–2) in three rounds.


Chávez vs De La Hoya

On June 7, 1996, Oscar De La Hoya fought Mexican legend Julio César Chávez (96–1–1) for the Lineal & WBC Light-welterweight championship. De la Hoya, with a record of 21–0 with 19 K.Os, defeated Chavez by a fourth round TKO. The fight was stopped due to a bad cut suffered by Chavez. Until their rematch in 1998, Chávez stated that De La Hoya did not defeat him since the fight was stopped. De La Hoya successfully defended his titles with a twelve round unanimous decision against undefeated former WBC Lightweight Champion and number one light welterweight contender Miguel Ángel González (41–0–0).


Whitaker vs De La Hoya

On June 12, 1997, De La Hoya moved up to the welterweight division and fought Pernell Whitaker (40–1–1).[13] The fight proved to be a difficult one. De La Hoya won a disputed twelve round unanimous decision to capture the Lineal and WBC titles. He also became the Ring Magazine's number one ranked pound-for-pound fighter.[14]

On September 13, 1997, he defeated Héctor Camacho (63–3–1) by unanimous decision. On September 8, 1998, he fought a rematch with Julio César Chávez (100–2–2) and defeated him by eighth round TKO. In his next bout, he faced undefeated former WBA Welterweight Champion Ike Quartey (34–0–1) and won by a somewhat disputable split decision. De La Hoya was knocked down once in the fight, while Quartey was down twice.[15] He then defeated Oba Carr (48–2–1) by eleventh round TKO.

De La Hoya vs Trinidad unification

After seven defenses of his Lineal/WBC welterweight titles, De La Hoya fought rival and IBF Champion Félix Trinidad (35–0) on September 18, 1999, in one of the biggest pay-per-view events in history, setting a record for a non-heavyweight fight. Oscar dominated the vast majority of the first nine rounds, staying just outside of Trinidad's range while generating much success with his stiff jab and blitzing combinations. But in the last 2-3 rounds of the fight, heeding the strict instructions of his corner who felt that De La Hoya was way ahead on the scorecards, De La Hoya shut down much of his offense and evaded trading with Trinidad. De La Hoya virtually gave away the last couple of rounds. Though landing well over 100 more punches, Trinidad was ultimately awarded a majority decision. The judges scorecards came under question after the decision. Fans and boxing analysts called for a rematch, which never happened.

De La Hoya vs Mosley

On February 26, 2000, De La Hoya knocked out Derrell Coley (34–1–2) in a WBC eliminator. The WBC awarded De La Hoya their welterweight title, which he lost, to Shane Mosley (34–0) by a split decision on 17 June 2000, giving De La Hoya the first sound defeat of his pro career. The fight was a disputed decision, with one judge scoring the fight 115–113 for De La Hoya, and the other two scoring it 116–112 and 115–113 for Mosley.

De La Hoya took promoter Bob Arum to court in the fall of 2000, trying to break his contract with the promoter. The courts ruled in favor of De La Hoya in February 2001. Tempers flared during the battle and reached a low in March 2001, when De La Hoya called Arum racist in a newspaper interview and then apologized for the remarks.

"I don't have blue eyes and I am not white, but a Mexican arriving on the cusp of fame, and that is what they do not support," De La Hoya told La Opinion in 2001. "Bob Arum's people hope I lose because they can't see a Mexican above them, and also that he defeated one of the biggest Jews to come out of Harvard."[16]

De La Hoya defeated Arturo Gatti (33–4) by fifth round TKO on March 24, 2001.


He then moved up to light-middleweight, challenging the Spanish Lineal/WBC champion Javier Castillejo. De La Hoya dominated the fight, winning almost every round and knocking Castillejo (51–4) down with ten seconds to go to win the title by a unanimous decision.

Rivalry with Fernando Vargas

De La Hoya did not fight for the 15 months and in this time the rivalry between him and WBA champion "Ferocious" Fernando Vargas (22–1) grew. They knew each other as amateurs and it is said the rivalry began when Vargas was angered by De La Hoya laughing at him after he fell into a snowbank. De La Hoya said he would never fight him. Eventually, however, De La Hoya accepted a match. The fight was scheduled for early 2002, but De La Hoya had to withdraw because of a hand injury.

The unification bout, labeled "Bad Blood," finally took place on September 14, 2002, at the Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip. The fight was even for the first six rounds, with Vargas landing punches on the ropes in the odd rounds, while De La Hoya outboxed him in the even rounds. De La Hoya took over the fight in the seventh round and hurt Vargas with a left hook in the tenth. In the next round, De La Hoya knocked Vargas down with a left hook and stopped him moments later. The win is widely considered to be the biggest of De La Hoya's career. Vargas tested positive for stanozolol after the fight.

De La Hoya vs Mosley II

De La Hoya defended his unified title against Yori Boy Campas (80–5) with a routine seventh round stoppage then faced Shane Mosley (38–2) in a rematch. The fight, billed as "Retribution" and staged at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, was more of a boxing match than their first encounter, and while some rounds were close, De La Hoya's game plan utilizing his jab seemed to be paying off, leaving Mosley visually frustrated. It was De La Hoya who seemed to be landing the cleaner, more effective punches, and obliterated Mosley in Compubox, landing over 100 more. But judges apparently didn't see it that way awarding Mosley with the controversial unanimous decision. Mosley was later connected to the BALCO Labs steroid scandal. Jeff Novitzky, a lead investigator on the BALCO case, reported that documents seized from the lab show that Mosley received "the clear" and "the cream," both designer steroids. Mosley reportedly began his doping regimen prior to his rematch with Oscar De La Hoya.[17] Mosley would later admit to using performance-enhancing drugs from BALCO for this bout, saying he thought they were legal supplements.[18]


Sturm vs De La Hoya

De la Hoya next challenged Felix Sturm (20–0) for the WBO middleweight title on June 5, 2004, with the winner also getting a shot at the undisputed world middleweight champ Bernard Hopkins. De La Hoya was awarded a unanimous decision, becoming the first boxer in history to win world titles in six different weight divisions. All three judges scored the bout 115–113 in favor of De La Hoya. The decision was very controversial, far more so than his decision wins over Pernell Whitaker or Ike Quartey: Whereas the Whitaker & Quartey fights were considered close bouts that could've gone either way (or called a draw), the feeling from most is that De La Hoya flat-out lost to Sturm. Compubox counted Sturm as landing 234 of 541 punches, while counting De La Hoya as landing 188 of 792.[19] There had been some rumblings throughout the boxing community that the decision was made to insure that De La Hoya would fight Hopkins, a mega-dollar fight that would've drawn more money than a Hopkins-Sturm matchup would.[20] Iain Darke of Sky Sports said the decision looked "tailor made" to set up De La Hoya versus Hopkins. "(De La Hoya) got the benefit of high charity," Darke said.[21] Sturm & his promotional team, Universum Box-Promotion, filed a protest with the Nevada State Athletic Commission over the decision, but it was to no avail, and the decision still stands today.[22]

Hopkins vs De La Hoya

De La Hoya fought Bernard Hopkins (44–2–1) in a unification match on September 18, 2004 in Las Vegas. Hopkins held the WBC, WBA, and IBF middleweight titles, was recognized as Lineal and The Ring champion, and was considered by many to be the number one pound for pound fighter in the world. Although the fight was at a catchweight of 158 pounds (72 kg), many thought De La Hoya was too small for the weight class and Hopkins was considered a heavy favorite.

Several days before the fight, De la Hoya's hand was cut when his hand wraps were being cut off after training. The cut required eleven stitches.

De La Hoya fought a tactical fight. After eight rounds, De La Hoya was ahead 77–75 on one scorecard. He was behind 78–74 and 79–73 on the other two scorecards. In the ninth round, Hopkins knocked out De La Hoya with a left hook to the body. It was the first time in De La Hoya's career that he was knocked out.

De la Hoya later said he couldn't get up because the pain of a well placed livershot is unbearable. Despite losing, De La Hoya made over $30 million from the fight.

Bob Arum claimed De La Hoya took a dive. Although it may not have mattered as it appeared Hopkins was going to win the bout one way or another. Like Mosley, Hopkins would get a job with Golden Boy Promotions.[23]

De La Hoya responded, "So now he's going to attack me left and right. He's going to keep saying that I took a dive against Hopkins and that I'm in this only for the money. I can't stop him from saying those things. I think he's hurt. He's hurt because I chose not to stay with him until the end of my career.[24]


Mayorga vs De La Hoya

De La Hoya took a layoff of 20 months before signing to fight WBC light-middleweight title-holder

Preceded by
Roy Jones, Jr.
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
Succeeded by
Evander Holyfield
Preceded by
George Foreman
BWAA Fighter of the Year
Succeeded by
Evander Holyfield
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Andreas Zülow
Lightweight Champion
August 1992
Succeeded by
Hocine Soltani
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jimmi Bredahl
WBO Super Featherweight champion
5 March 1994 – 1994
Vacates title
Succeeded by
Regilio Tuur
Preceded by
Giovanni Parisi
WBO Lightweight Champion
29 July 1994 – 1996
Vacates title
Succeeded by
Artur Grigorian
Preceded by
Rafael Ruelas
IBF Lightweight Champion
6 May 1995 – July 1995
Stripped of title
Succeeded by
Philip Holiday
Preceded by
Julio César Chávez
WBC Light Welterweight Champion
Lineal Light Welterweight Champion

7 June 1996 – 1997
Vacates title
Succeeded by
Kostya Tszyu
Preceded by
Pernell Whitaker
WBC Welterweight Champion
Lineal Welterweight Champion

12 April 1997 – 18 September 1999
Succeeded by
Félix Trinidad
Preceded by
Félix Trinidad
WBC Welterweight Champion
3 March 2000 – 17 June 2000
Succeeded by
Shane Mosley
Preceded by
Javier Castillejo
WBC Light Middleweight Champion
23 June 2001 – 13 September 2003
(unified against Fernando Vargas)
WBA Light Middleweight Super Champion
14 September 2002 – 13 September 2003
Preceded by
Thomas Hearns
The Ring Light Middleweight Champion
14 September 2002 – 13 September 2003
Preceded by
Felix Sturm
WBO Middleweight Champion
5 June 2004 – 18 September 2004
Succeeded by
Bernard Hopkins
Preceded by
Ricardo Mayorga
WBC Light Middleweight Champion
6 May 2006 – 5 May 2007
Succeeded by
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
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See also

Date Fight Billing Buys Network
May 6, 1995
De La Hoya vs. Ruelas La Batalla 330,000[63] HBO
September 9, 1995
De La Hoya vs. Hernandez The Rivals 220,000[63] HBO
January 18, 1997
De La Hoya vs. Gonzalez For Pride and Country 345,000[63] HBO
April 12, 1997
Whitaker vs. De La Hoya Pound for Pound 720,000[63] HBO
September 13, 1997
De La Hoya vs. Camacho Opposites Attack 560,000[63] HBO
December 6, 1997
De La Hoya vs. Rivera Tital Wave 240,000[63] HBO
September 18, 1998
De La Hoya vs. Chavez II Ultimate Revenge 525,000[63] HBO
February 13, 1999
De La Hoya vs. Quartey The Challenge 570,000[63] HBO
September 18, 1999
De La Hoya vs. Trinidad Fight of the Millennium 1,400,000[63] HBO
June 17, 2000
De La Hoya vs. Mosley Destiny 590,000[63] HBO
June 23, 2001
De La Hoya vs. Castillejo The Quest 400,000[63] HBO
September 14, 2002
De La Hoya vs. Vargas Bad Blood 935,000[63] HBO
May 3, 2003
De La Hoya vs. Campas Night of Champions 350,000[63] HBO
September 13, 2003
De La Hoya vs. Mosley II Redemption 950,000[63] HBO
June 4, 2004
De La Hoya vs. Sturm Collision Course 380,000[63] HBO
September 18, 2004
De La Hoya vs. Hopkins History 1,000,000[63] HBO
May 6, 2006
De La Hoya vs. Mayorga Danger Zone 925,000[63] HBO
May 5, 2007
De La Hoya vs. Mayweather The World Awaits 2,400,000[63] HBO
December 6, 2008
De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao The Dream Match 1,250,000 [64] HBO

Pay-per-view bouts

The Ring/Lineal Championship Titles:

Minor World Titles:

Major World Titles:

Oscar De La Hoya

Titles in boxing

39 Wins (30 KOs), 6 Losses [61]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round,
Date Location Notes
Loss 39–6 Manny Pacquiao RTD 8 (12) 2008-12-06 MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 39–5 Steve Forbes UD 12 2008-05-03 The Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Loss 38–5 Floyd Mayweather, Jr. SD 12 2007-05-05 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBC light-middleweight title.
Win 38–4 Ricardo Mayorga TKO 6 (12),
2006-05-06 MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBC light-middleweight title.
Loss 37–4 Bernard Hopkins KO 9 (12) 2004-09-18 MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBO middleweight title.
For LinealWBC/WBA(Super)/IBF/The Ring middleweight titles.
Win 37–3 [62] Felix Sturm UD 12 2004-06-05 MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBO middleweight title.
Loss 36–3 Shane Mosley SD 12 2003-09-13 MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost Lineal/WBC/WBA(Super)/The Ring
light-middleweight titles.
Win 36–2 Luis Ramon Campas TKO 7 (12),
2003-05-03 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained Lineal/WBC/WBA(Super)/The Ring
light-middleweight titles.
Win 35–2 Fernando Vargas TKO 11 (12),
2002-09-14 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained Lineal/WBC, and won WBA(Super) & vacant The Ring
light-middleweight titles.
Win 34–2 Javier Castillejo UD 12 2001-06-23 MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won Lineal/WBC light-middleweight titles.
Win 33–2 Arturo Gatti TKO 5 (10),
2001-03-24 MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 32–2 Shane Mosley SD 12 2000-06-17 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Lost WBC welterweight title.
For vacant Lineal welterweight title.
Win 32–1 Derrell Coley KO 7 (12),
2000-02-26 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York De La Hoya was declared WBC welterweight champion on 3 March 2000, after Felix Trinidad relinquished the title.
Loss 31–1 Félix Trinidad MD 12 1999-09-18 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost Lineal/WBC welterweight titles.
For IBF welterweight title.
Win 31–0 Oba Carr TKO 11 (12),
1999-05-22 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained Lineal/WBC welterweight titles.
Win 30–0 Ike Quartey SD 12 1999-02-13 Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained Lineal/WBC welterweight titles.
Win 29–0 Julio César Chávez RTD 8 (12),
1998-09-18 Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained Lineal/WBC welterweight titles.
Win 28–0 Patrick Charpentier TKO 3 (12),
1998-06-13 Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas Retained Lineal/WBC welterweight titles.
Win 27–0 Wilfredo Rivera TKO 8 (12),
1997-12-06 Caesars Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained Lineal/WBC welterweight titles.
Win 26–0 Héctor Camacho UD 12 1997-09-13 Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained Lineal/WBC welterweight titles.
Win 25–0 David Kamau KO 2 (12),
1997-06-14 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas Retained Lineal/WBC welterweight titles.
Win 24–0 Pernell Whitaker UD 12 1997-04-12 Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Won Lineal/WBC welterweight titles.
Win 23–0 Miguel Ángel González UD 12 1997-01-18 Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained Lineal/WBC light-welterweight titles.
Win 22–0 Julio César Chávez TKO 4 (12),
1996-06-07 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Won Lineal/WBC light-welterweight titles.
Win 21–0 Darryl Tyson KO 2 (10),
1996-02-09 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 20–0 Jesse James Leija TKO 2 (12),
1995-12-15 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Retained WBO lightweight title.
Win 19–0 Genaro Hernandez RTD 6 (12),
1995-09-09 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO lightweight title.
Win 18–0 Rafael Ruelas TKO 2 (12),
1995-05-06 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO lightweight title.
Won IBF lightweight title.
Win 17–0 John John Molina UD 12 1995-02-18 MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO lightweight title.
Win 16–0 John Avila TKO 9 (12),
1994-12-10 Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California Retained WBO lightweight title.
Win 15–0 Carl Griffith TKO 3 (12),
1994-11-18 MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO lightweight title.
Win 14–0 Jorge Páez KO 2 (12), 1994-07-29 MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won vacant WBO lightweight title.
Win 13–0 Giorgio Campanella TKO 3 (12), 1994-05-27 MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO super-featherweight title.
Win 12–0 Jimmy Bredahl TKO 10 (12),
1994-03-05 Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California Won WBO super-featherweight title.
Win 11–0 Narciso Valenzuela KO 1 (10),
1993-10-30 America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Win 10–0 Angelo Nunez RTD 4 (10),
1993-08-27 Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills, California
Win 9–0 Renaldo Carter TKO 6 (10),
1993-08-14 Hollywood Casino, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
Win 8–0 Troy Dorsey RTD 1 (10),
1993-06-07 Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 7–0 Frank Avelar TKO 4 (10),
1993-05-08 Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada
Win 6–0 Mike Grable UD 8 1993-04-06 Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, New York
Win 5–0 Jeff Mayweather TKO 4 (8),
1993-03-13 Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 4–0 Curtis Strong TKO 4 (6),
1993-02-06 San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California
Win 3–0 Paris Alexander TKO 2 (6),
1993-01-03 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, California
Win 2–0 Clifford Hicks KO 1 (6),
1992-12-12 America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Win 1–0 Lamar Williams KO 1 (6),
1992-11-23 Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California Professional debut.

Professional boxing record

Amateur record: 227–3 (unofficially)

  • 1989 Gold Medalist National Golden Gloves
  • 1990 Gold Medalist US National Championships
  • 1990 Gold Medalist Goodwill Games
  • 1991 Gold Medalist US National Championships
  • 1991 Gold Medalist US Olympic Festival
  • 1992 Gold Medalist World Championships
  • 1992 Gold Medalist Olympic Games[60]

Amateur highlights

In September 2013, just a few days before the Golden Boy promoted match of Floyd Mayweather vs. Saúl Álvarez, De La Hoya announced that he was returning to a drug and alcohol treatment facility to address his disease.[59]

In May 2011, De La Hoya acknowledged he has a problem, but the nature of the issue was not revealed. "After doing an honest evaluation of myself, I recognize that there are certain issues that I need to work on. Like everyone, I have my flaws, and I do not want to be one of those people that is afraid to admit and address those flaws." He underwent treatment at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California for his alcoholism.[58]

In early 2011, De La Hoya visited U.S. military personnel in Kuwait and Iraq under the auspices of the USO, holding boxing clinics and greeting the troops.

In 2008, De La Hoya starred in a commercial alongside several Mexican boxing champions for Pronosticos lottery in Mexico. The 300 film inspired commercial featured the Mexican champions battling giants and other large creatures.[57]

Oscar De La Hoya is on the front covers of the PS3, Xbox 360 and PSP versions of EASports' Fight Night Round 3.[56]

He is a member of the 2008 United States Olympic Hall of Fame.[55]

In June 2008, De La Hoya published his autobiography entitled "American Son".[54]

De La Hoya started a charitable foundation to help underprivileged youth to education. In 2008, he donated $3.5 million to the De La Hoya Animo Charter High School.[53]

In February, 2008, Golden Boy acquired a 25% stake of Major League Soccer side Houston Dynamo, along with Brener International Group.[52]

De La Hoya in 2010.

On May 1, 2007, the Staples Center sports arena announced that a 7-foot (2.1 m) bronze statue of Oscar De La Hoya would join similar tributes to Los Angeles sports stars Magic Johnson and Wayne Gretzky at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.[50] The statue was unveiled on December 2, 2008.[51]

In late 2007, photographs featuring De La Hoya cross-dressed in company of a woman not his wife were posted on a tabloid website and received extensive publicity across the internet. De la Hoya has denied the authenticity of the photos. His lawyer stated, "The photographs depicting Mr. De La Hoya's image that were posted online today by an obscure paparazzi Web site are fake. Many of the Web site's viewers (as reflected in postings on the site) identified the photos as 'a really bad photoshop job.' Unfortunately, with today's technology, anyone can make any photo seem like something other than it is."[46] In September 2007, Mila Dravnel, the woman who sold the photographs, recanted her allegations against De La Hoya and denied the authenticity of the photographs.[47] However, in May 2008, Dravnel sued De La Hoya for slander, but she dropped the lawsuit after experts determined the photographs had been digitally doctored.[48] However, in De La Hoya's August 2011 interview with Univision, he confirmed that it was indeed him in the leaked 2007 photos.[49]

In September, 2007, De La Hoya's company Golden Boy Enterprises acquired The Ring, KO Magazine, World Boxing Magazine and Pro Wrestling Illustrated from Kappa Publishing Group.[45]

In 2006, De La Hoya authorized a children's picture book titled Super Oscar[43] published by Simon & Schuster and released in his name. The book was written by noted children's author Mark Shulman and illustrated by children's illustrator Lisa Kopelke. The book tells the story of young Oscar as a daydreamer, who uses his great physical ability to prepare an elaborate picnic for his entire neighborhood in just fifteen minutes. Written in English and Spanish, the book received unanimously positive reviews from the publishing review journals. Super Oscar was selected as the winner of the 2007 Latino Book Awards Best Bilingual Children's Picture Book of the year.[44]

This fictional picture book was the 2007 Bilingual Children's Picture Book of the year.

In 2005, Golden Boy Enterprises announced the formation of Golden Boy Partners, a company focused on urban development in Latino communities.[42]

In 2004, he debuted a clothing line of casual, and active-inspired apparel through Mervyns department stores. In the summer of 2004, De La Hoya starred in and hosted a boxing reality television series on Fox and Fox Sports Net titled The Next Great Champ.[41]

On December 12, 2002, the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles granted De La Hoya Mexican citizenship. De La Hoya stated: "I've always felt that my blood is Mexican."[40]

On October 5, 2001, De La Hoya married Millie Corretjer. They have two children together: Oscar Gabriel (born Dec. 29, 2005) and Nina Lauren Nenitte (born Dec. 29, 2007).[37] He also has three other children from previous relationships: a son Jacob with Toni Alvarado, a son Devon with Angelique McQueen and a daughter Atiana with Shanna Moakler.[38][39]

In 2000, he released a Grammy-nominated CD, entitled Oscar De La Hoya. Released through EMI International. The self-titled CD is a Latin pop album with 13 tracks in both English and Spanish written by Diane Warren and the Bee Gees.

De La Hoya was accused in a lawsuit of rape in 1998. The lawsuit, filed in San Bernardino (Calif.) County Superior Court, alleged that De La Hoya raped a woman, who was 15 at the time, in a hotel room in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in June 1996.[35] The case was settled out of court in 2001.[36]

Personal life

De La Hoya announced his retirement on April 14, 2009, ending any speculation about a potential fight with Julio César Chávez Jr.


De La Hoya took a beating and his corner stopped the fight after the eighth round. Pacquiao was ahead on all three judges' scorecards before the stoppage, with two judges scoring the fight 80–71 and the other judge scoring it at 79–72.[33] After the bout, Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach stated, "We knew we had him after the first round. He had no legs, he was hesitant and he was shot."[34] Confirming Roach's pre-fight predictions that he'd grown too old, De La Hoya crossed the ring to Pacquiao's corner after the bout was stopped and told Roach, "You're right, Freddie. I don't have it anymore."[31] When asked by reporters whether he would continue fighting, De La Hoya responded, "My heart still wants to fight, that's for sure," De La Hoya said. "But when your physical doesn't respond, what can you do? I have to be smart and make sure I think about my future plans." During the first episode of the HBO 24/7 Pacquiao–Hatton series, Roach had said he saw IV marks on De La Hoya's arm, pointing out that he needed to be rehydrated surgically as a last resort.

De La Hoya faced Manny Pacquiao (47–3–2) on December 6, 2008 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, Inc., the bout was a twelve round non-title fight at the 147-pound (67 kg) welterweight limit. Although Manny Pacquiao went into the fight recognized as the leading pound for pound boxer in the world, some pundits speculated that 147 pounds could have been too far above his natural weight against the larger De La Hoya.[29] However, Pacquiao's trainer Roach was confident of a victory as he stated that De La Hoya could no longer "pull the trigger" at that stage of his career.[30] De La Hoya, who was favored to win the bout due to his size advantage, was expected to be the heavier of the two on fight night. However, though Pacquiao weighed 142 pounds (64 kg) and De La Hoya 145 pounds (66 kg) at the official weigh-in on Friday,[31] De La Hoya entered the ring at 147 pounds to Pacquiao's 148.5 pounds (67.4 kg).[32]

De La Hoya vs Pacquiao

On June 6, 2008, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. announced his retirement from boxing, effectively ending talk of a rematch.

On May 3, 2008, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, De La Hoya fought Steve Forbes (33–5) in a tuneup for a possible rematch with Mayweather. De La Hoya showed a more relaxed style, throwing a constant jab and always staying on his toes.[27] He opened a cut near Forbes' eye in the sixth round.[28]

Although Oscar was the obvious aggressor, chasing Mayweather and throwing many combinations, Mayweather dominated the stats, according to Compubox, connecting on 207 of his 481 total punches thrown. De La Hoya threw more punches—587—but landed only 122.[26]

Chuck Giampi saw the fight 116–112 for Mayweather, while Jerry Roth also scored it for Mayweather at 115–113. Tom Kaczmarcek ruled for De La Hoya 115–113. The Associated Press had Mayweather winning 116–112.

The fight took place on May 5, 2007. De La Hoya pressed throughout all the rounds, doing his best when he used his left jab. Mayweather controlled the later rounds and was ultimately rewarded with a split decision victory in front of a sold-out arena at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

In early 2007, De La Hoya signed to defend his title against WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (37–0–0). De La Hoya was a two to one underdog in the fight.

De La Hoya vs Mayweather


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