Legendary prizefighter Oscar De La Hoya announced on Facebook that he will not return as an active competitor.
De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs), who defeated 17 world champions and captured 10 crowns in six different weight classes, hasn’t fought since December 2008 when he quit on his stool after eight lopsided rounds versus Manny Pacquiao.
However, despite getting brutalized by Pacquiao nearly seven years ago, De La Hoya admitted in recent interviews that he was preparing for a comeback.
“I am retired, and after speaking to my family and following a great deal of introspection, I have decided to stay retired,” wrote De La Hoya, 42, who was the only U.S. boxer to win a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
Nicknamed “The Golden Boy,” De La Hoya has long struggled with substance abuse and been plagued by suicidal thoughts.
Fortunately, De La Hoya successfully completed rehabilitation in May 2014, gained induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame a month later, and was named Yahoo Sports’ Boxing Man of the Year.
The Ring magazine’s “Fighter of the Year” in 1995, De La Hoya was a pay-per-view megastar who fearlessly faced all challengers over a span of 17 years.
Somewhat astoundingly, while respecting his vast pugilistic accomplishments, De La Hoya may ultimately prove to be a more important individual outside of the squared circle than he ever was inside it.
The president of Golden Boy Promotions is determined to repair relations with Top Rank, and HBO, and consistently give fans the bouts they want to see.
Oscar De La Hoya made a wise personal and professional decision “to stay retired” and solely focused on matchmaking.