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Oscar "The Golden Boy" De La Hoya (born February 4, 1973) is a retired Americanmarker boxer of Mexican descent. He won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games. De La Hoya comes from a boxing family. His grandfather Vicente, father Joel Sr., and brother Joel Jr. were all boxers. De La Hoya was Ring Magazine's "Fighter of the Year" in 1995 and Ring Magazine's top-rated Pound for Pound fighter in the world in 1997. De La Hoya officially announced his retirement from the sport at a press conference held in Los Angeles on April 14, 2009, thus ending any speculation of a potential match-up with undefeated junior middleweight, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

De La Hoya has defeated 17 world champions and has won 10 world titles in six different weight classes. He has also generated more money than any other boxer in the history of the sport, an estimated $696 million pay-per-view income.

De La Hoya's amateur career included 223 wins, 163 by knockout, with only 6 losses. He won the United Statesmarker' only boxing gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics, a win which he dedicated to his deceased mother. De La Hoya founded Golden Boy Promotions, a combat sport promotional firm. He is the first Americanmarker of Hispanic descent to own a national boxing promotional firm and one of the few boxers to take on promotional responsibilities while still active.

Professional career

Junior Lightweight title

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 Jimmy Bredahl in the tenth round to win the WBO junior lightweight title. He defended the title once against Giorgio Campanella (20-0) via third round technical knockout.

Lightweight title

On 29 July 1994, he defeated Jorge Paez by second round knockout to win the WBO lightweight title. In his first title defense, he defeated John-John Molina, who had recently vacated his IBF super featherweight title, by unanimous decision. On 6 May 1995, De La Hoya defeated IBF lightweight champion Rafael Ruelas (43-1-0) in a unification bout. De La Hoya knocked Ruelas down down twice before the fight was stopped in the second round. In his next bout, he defended his title against undefeated super featherweight champion Genaro Hernandez (32-0-1). In his sixth and final defense of his lightweight title, he defeated Jesse James Leija (30-1-2).

Light Welterweight title

On June 7, 1996, Oscar De La Hoya fought Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez for the WBC Light Welterweight championship. De la Hoya, the underdog with a record of 21-0 with 19 KOs, beat Chavez by TKO (Referee Stoppage) after the 3rd round. He successfully defended his title against undefeated lightweight champion and number one light welterweight contender Miguel Ángel González (41-0-0).

Welterweight title

On March 12, 1997, De La Hoya fought the man regarded as the best pound for pound fighter in the world, Pernell Whitaker and by winning a 12 round decision, became regarded as the best pound for pound fighter in the world and the WBC welterweight champion.

On 13 September 1997, he defeated Hector Camacho by unanimous decision. On September 8, 1998, he fought a rematch with Julio Cesar Chavez and defeated him by eighth round TKO. In his next bout, he faced undefeated WBA welterweight champion Ike Quartey (34-0-1) and won by split decision. He then defeated Oba Carr (48-2-1) by eleventh round TKO.

After seven defenses of his WBC welterweight title, De La Hoya fought rival and IBF champion Felix Trinidad on September 18, 1999, in one of the biggest pay-per-view events in history, setting a record for a non-heavyweight fight. 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.

Moving up to Junior Middleweight

De La Hoya fought as a welterweight three more times after the Trinidad fight, including a controversial split decision loss to Shane Mosley. Mosley has been 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 2003 bout with Oscar De La Hoya, a match that he won due in part to his strong performance in the later rounds of the fight. De La Hoya also defeated Arturo Gatti by fifth round TKO. He then moved up to junior middleweight, challenging the Spanishmarker WBC junior middleweight champion Javier Castillejo. De La Hoya dominated the fight, winning almost every round and knocking Castillejo down with ten seconds to go to win the title.

Rivalry with Vargas

De La Hoya did not fight for the 15 months, and in this time the rivalry between him and WBA junior middleweight champion "Ferocious" Fernando Vargas 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 14 September 2002, at the Mandalay Baymarker in Las Vegas. 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 defended his unified title against Yori Boy Campas (KO 6), before facing Shane Mosley 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 many rounds were close. Nevertheless, Mosley won a close unanimous decision, with all judges scoring the bout 115-113 in his favor, even though Compubox showed that De La Hoya had landed more punches. Mosley would later admit to using performance-enhancing drugs from BALCO for this bout, saying he thought they were legal supplements.

Moving up to Middleweight

De la Hoya next challenged Felix Sturm for the WBO world middleweight title on 5 June 2004. Although it was a controversial decision, he was awarded a unanimous decision and became 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. Compubox counted Sturm as landing 234 of 541 punches, while counting De La Hoya as landing 188 of 792.

De La Hoya-Hopkins

De la Hoya challenged for the WBC, WBA, and IBF middleweight championship and unsuccessfully defended his WBO title against Bernard Hopkins, then universally considered the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world, on September 18, 2004 in Las Vegas. Although the fight was at a catchweight of , many thought De La Hoya was too small for the weight class, and Hopkins was considered a heavy favorite.

Despite the fact that he was fighting with a cut on his left palm, De La Hoya fought a smart fight and was actually ahead 77-75 on one scorecard in the ninth round when Hopkins hit him a left hook to the liver, knocking De La Hoya down and resulting in the first knockout of De La Hoya's career. De la Hoya later said that he wasn't dizzy at all, but that 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.

The Comeback Against Mayorga

De La Hoya took a layoff of 20 months, before signing to fight WBC junior middleweight champion Ricardo Mayorga. In the buildup to the fight, Mayorga insulted everything from De La Hoya's sexuality to his wife and child, but when they fought on 6 May 2006, De La Hoya knocked Mayorga down in the first minute of the fight with a left hook. He knocked him out in the sixth round to take his tenth world title.

"The World Awaits"

In early 2007, De La Hoya signed to defend his title against WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr., the man considered to be the best fighter in the world. Tickets sold out within three hours. De la Hoya was a two to one underdog in the fight.

The fight took place on 5 May 2007. De La Hoya pressed through out all the rounds, doing his best when he used his lead left jab. De La Hoya rallied in the final round, but Mayweather was awarded the split decision.

On 3 May 2008, at the Home Depot Centermarker in Carson, Californiamarker, De La Hoya fought Steve Forbes 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. He opened a cut near Forbes' eye in the sixth round.

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

The Dream Match

De La Hoya was scheduled to face Manny Pacquiao on 6 December 2008 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, Inc., the bout was a 12-round, non-title fight at the 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 in 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 and De La Hoya at the official weigh-in on Friday, De La Hoya entered the ring at 147 pounds to Pacquiao's .

De La Hoya lost the fight by way of TKO after 9 rounds in a dominant performance by Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao was ahead on all three judges' scorecards before the stoppage, with two judges scoring the fight at 80-71 and one scoring it at 79-72. After the bout trainer Freddy 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 result.

Retirement

De La Hoya announced his retirement, ending any speculation about a potential fight with undefeated middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr

Amateur highlights




  • 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 Challenge
  • 1992 Gold Medalist Olympic Games
Amateur record: 224-5

Professional record

! colspan="4" |Record to Date
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |Won 39 (KOs 30)
| bgcolor=FF9999 |Lost 6
| Drawn 0
! Total 45
!width="10%" |Date
!width="35%" |Opponent
!width="10%" |W-L-D
!width="35%" |Location
!width="10%" |Result
|2008-05-03
|Steve Forbes
|34-7-0
|Carson, Californiamarker, U.S.marker
 | bgcolor=CCFFCC |W UD 12
|2007-05-05
|Floyd Mayweather Jr.
{| border="0"
   |WBC Super Welterweight Title
|}
|38-0-0
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=FF9999|L SD  12
|2006-05-06
|Ricardo Mayorga
{| border="0"
   |WBC Super Welterweight Title
|}
|28-6-1
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO  6
|2004-09-18
|Bernard Hopkins
{| border="0"
   |WBA Middleweight Super Title
|-
   |WBC Middleweight Title
|-
   |IBF Middleweight Title
|-
   |WBO Middleweight Title
|}
|45-2-1
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=FF9999|L KO 9
|2004-06-05
|Felix Sturm
{| border="0"
   |WBO Middleweight Title
|}
|20-0-0
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=ccffcc|W UD  12
|2003-09-13
|Shane Mosley
{| border="0"
   |WBC Super Welterweight Title
|-
|WBA Light Middleweight Super Title
|}
|38-0-0
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=FF9999 |L UD  12
|2003-05-03
|Luis Ramon Campas
{| border="0"
   |WBC Super Welterweight Title
|-
|WBA Light Middleweight Super Title
|}
|80-5-0
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO  7
|2002-09-14
|Fernando Vargas
{| border="0"
   |WBC Super Welterweight Title
|-
|WBA Light Middleweight Super Title
|}
|22-0-0
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO 11
|2001-06-23
|Javier Castillejo
{| border="0"
   |WBC Super Welterweight Title
|}
|51-1-0
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W UD  12
|2001-03-24
|Arturo Gatti
|33-1-0
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO  5
|2000-06-17
|Shane Mosley
{| border="0"
   |WBC Welterweight Title
|}
|34-0-0
|Los Angeles, Californiamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=FF9999 |L SD  12
|2000-02-26
|Derrell Coley
|34-1-2
|New York, New Yorkmarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC  |W TKO  7
|1999-09-18
|Felix Trinidad
{| border="0"
   |WBC Welterweight Title
|-
|IBF Welterweight Title
|}
|35-0-0
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=FF9999 |L MD  12
|1999-05-22
|Oba Carr
{| border="0"
   |WBC Welterweight Title
|}
|48-2-1
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO 11
|1999-02-13
|Ike Quartey
{| border="0"
   |WBC Welterweight Title
|}
|34-0-1
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W SD  12
|1998-09-18
|Julio César Chávez
{| border="0"
   |WBC Welterweight Title
|}
|104-4-2
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO  8
|1998-06-13
|Patrick Charpentier
{| border="0"
   |WBC Welterweight Title
|}
|27-4-1
|El Paso, Texasmarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO  3
|1997-12-06
|Wilfredo Rivera
{| border="0"
   |WBC Welterweight Title
|}
|27-2-1
|Atlantic City, New Jerseymarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO  8
|1997-09-13
|Hector Camacho
{| border="0"
   |WBC Welterweight Title
|}
|64-3-1
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W UD  12
|1997-06-14
|David Kamau
{| border="0"
   |WBC Welterweight Title
|}
|28-1-0
|San Antonio, Texasmarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W KO   2
|1997-04-12
|Pernell Whitaker
{| border="0"
   |WBC Welterweight Title
|}
|40-1-1
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W UD  12
|1997-01-18
|Miguel Angel Gonzalez
{| border="0"
   |WBC Light Welterweight Title
|}
|41-0-0
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W UD  12
|1996-06-07
|Julio César Chávez
{| border="0"
   |WBC Light Welterweight Title
|}
|97-1-1
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO  4
|1996-02-09
|Darryl Tyson
|47-8-1
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W KO   2
|1995-12-15
|Jesse James Leija
{| border="0"
   |WBO Lightweight Title
|}
|30-1-2
|New York, New Yorkmarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO 2
|1995-09-09
|Genaro Hernandez
{| border="0"
   |WBO Lightweight Title
|}
|32-0-1
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO 6
|1995-05-06
|Rafael Ruelas
{| border="0"
   |IBF Lightweight Title
|-
   |WBO Lightweight Title
|}
|43-1-0
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO 2
|1995-02-18
|Juan Molina
{| border="0"
   |WBO Lightweight Title
|}
|36-3-0
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W UD 2
|1994-12-10
|John Avila
{| border="0"
   |WBO Lightweight Title
|}
|20-1-1
|Los Angeles, Californiamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO  9
|1994-11-18
|Carl Griffith
{| border="0"
   |WBO Lightweight Title
|}
|28-3-2
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO  3
|1994-07-29
|Jorge Paez
{| border="0"
   |Vacant WBO Lightweight Title
|}
|53-6-4
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W KO   12
|1994-05-27
|Giorgio Campanella
{| border="0"
   |WBO Super Featherweight Title
|}
|21-0-0
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO  3
|1994-03-05
|Jimmi Bredahl
{| border="0"
   |WBO Super Featherweight Title
|}
|16-0-0
|Los Angeles, Californiamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO 10
|1993-10-30
|Narciso Valenzuela
|35-13-2
|Phoenix, Arizonamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W KO   1
|1993-08-27
|Angelo Nuñez
|10-4-3
|Beverly Hills, Californiamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO  4
|1993-08-14
|Renaldo Carter
|27-4-1
|Bay St. Louis, Mississippimarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO  6
|1993-06-07
|Troy Dorsey
|15-7-4
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO  1
|1993-05-08
|Frank Avelar
|15-3-0
|Primm, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO  4
|1993-04-06
|Mike Grable
|13-1-2
|Rochester, New Yorkmarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W UD   8
|1993-03-13
|Jeff Mayweather
|23-2-2
|Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO  4
|1993-02-06
|Curtis Strong
|14-6-2
|San Diego, Californiamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO  4
|1993-01-03
|Paris Alexander
|15-6-2
|Hollywood, Californiamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W TKO  2
|1992-12-12
|Clifford Hicks
|13-6-0
|Phoenix, Arizonamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W KO   1
|1992-11-23
|Lamar Williams
|5-1-1
|Inglewood, Californiamarker, U.S.marker
| bgcolor=CCFFCC |W KO   1
2008-12-06 Manny Pacquiao 47-3-2 Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, U.S.marker L RTD 8


Life outside the ring

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.

On 5 October 2001, De La Hoya married Millie Corretjer. They have two children together. He also has a daughter with Shanna Moakler.

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.

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

This fictional picture book was the 2007 Bilingual Children’s Picture Book of the year.
In 2006, De La Hoya authorized a children's picture book titled Super Oscar published by Simon and 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..

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

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." 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. 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.

On 1 May 2007, the Staples Centermarker sports arena announced that a 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. The statue was unveiled on 2 December 2008.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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