Oscar de la Hoya
North American boxer, born in Los Angeles in 1973
Oscar De La Hoya (born February 4, 1973) 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 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. He has also generated approximately $700 million in pay-per-view income making him the top pay-per-view earner before being surpassed by Floyd Mayweather. 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.
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. 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. 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, De La Hoya entered the ring at 147 pounds to Pacquiao’s 148.5 pounds (67.4 kg).
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. 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.” 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.” 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 announced his retirement on April 14, 2009, ending any speculation about a potential fight with Julio César Chávez Jr.
- His grandpa, dad and brother are boxers too.
- He is the boxer that has been able to gain more money in his professional life.
- He was the youngest boxer of “Juegos de Buena Voluntad” of all times.
- His mother, Cecilia, died from cancer in 1990.
- In 2000, Oscar De La Hoya debuted a new record that was nominated for a Grammy.
- In 2006, a child book was released, and the main character was inspired in Oscar.