A decade after his retirement, Oscar “The Golden Boy” De La Hoya has come out to announce his return to boxing competition. It was met with mixed reactions from boxing experts, fans, fellow boxers, and random people. There are some very important questions that need to be answered as well.
Boxing is a very demanding sport, but how competitive will De La Hoya be at 47? Who will he face in the ring for his comeback fight? Will it just be an exhibition fight like the Tyson-Jones showdown?
In his interview with ESPN, De La Hoya has confirmed and stated the reason for his return to competitive boxing. “The rumors are true and I’m going to start training in the next few weeks,” he said. De La Hoya’s last professional fight was when he faced and lost through an eight-round stoppage to Manny Pacquiao in 2008.
“Look, it’s been a long time, yeah,” the former welterweight and middleweight champion said. “But actually my jab feels faster than ever. I have to make sure my conditioning is perfect, my health is good. And that will take place in the coming weeks. So we’ll see. “
Before turning professional and winning championship belts in different weight classes, DeLa Hoya was an Olympic gold medalist at the 1992 Olympics. He also established Golden Boy Promotions Inc., which is an American mixed martial arts and boxing promotions company based in Los Angeles, California in 2002.
Fellow boxer Timothy Bradley has this opinion that De La Hoya still has it and that he can still compete. “Yes, I think he can because the motivation is there for a reason that only he knows and understands,” said Bradley via ESPN.
But of the many reactions pointing to De La Hoya’s boxing comeback, it was Dana White’s comment that seemed to hit below the belt. “Cocaine isn’t cheap,” said UFC President White of the former Mexican-American champion. “It’s expensive. Gotta make money.”
But for the Golden Boy who loves the sport that made him what he is today, it’s a different story. “I miss being in the ring,” De La Hoya confessed. “I love boxing. Boxing is what gave me everything I have today, and I just miss it.”