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Devil’s Advocate | De La Hoya Return?

Hey Buzz-Fans! Hope you guys have a wonderful new year! This is my last article of the 2020 year and I wanted to write about something a little different today. When I was growing up in the nineties, boxing was a very popular sport, the Heavyweight has always been the main attraction, but the Welterweights is where the action was. Names like Shane Mosley, Fernando Vargas, Felix Trinidad and yes, Oscar De La Hoya. Oscar was the name of all names for the division, topping out as the PPV king until the up and coming Floyd Mayweather eventually toppled the Mexican American in the ratings.

De La Hoya is a ten time Champion, defeating the likes of Shane Mosley, Pernell Whittaker, and many more. The fight that first caught my attention was the fight against longtime rival Fernando Vargas, which was considered Vargas “the real Mexican fighter” vs “the pretty boy” De La Hoya. De La Hoya came back from adversity in the early rounds to topple Vargas in the 11th round with a knockout.

Oscar will always be known as one of the biggest stars to come from the sport of boxing, making over 700 million dollars all together in boxing and from what records say, he’s held on to over 200 million even to this day. But ever since we witnessed the Tyson vs Jones exhibition in November, apparently “The Goldenboy” has gotten the itch to wanna get back into the prize ring. He stated in a recent interview he showed interest in possibly fighting GGG, or maybe even a rematch with the current pound for pound, boxing AND PPV king, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The last time the two met was all the way back on May 5th 2007 in which Mayweather took the split decision. At that time it was the most lucrative boxing match ever, generating over $130 million in revenue. But before we jump to conclusions, do we really think that this is a good idea? Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure De La Hoya can probably as of this very moment go into any gym and hold his own, but he hasn’t actually competed since December 6th of 2008. Oscar had come out of retirement to fight a very prime Manny Pacquiao. The fight didn’t fare well for Oscar as he threw in the towel after the eighth round, a fight in which he was outclassed from the very first round. He had moved down to the 145 pound weight class, in which he stated he “was a shell” of his former self. I understand the will to wanna compete in the sport that you love. I get it, truly I do, but when he fought Pacquiao he was 35 and he got dominated, so what has changed so positively in Oscar’s favor to make him think he’s gonna be able to hang with the top of the division?

History doesn’t lie, let’s look at a great example, Larry Holmes. At one time he was in most eyes one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. “The Easton Assassin” beat absolute killers like Ken Norton, Leon Spinks, and even the great Muhammed Ali. Another side note, Ali had also come out of retirement to fight Holmes and also age wasn’t his friend and that fight did permanent damage to his health. But Holmes came out of retirement on January 22, 1988 and got absolutely dominated by “Iron” Mike Tyson. Now I’m not discrediting Holmes, but to prove my point, generally fighters that make this comeback usually end up a lot worse for wear.

I can’t imagine that he needs the money. Since 2002 he has been primary owner of his own boxing promotion, GoldenBoy Promotions, and has promoted some of the biggest fights in boxing history. So as the year of 2020 winds down and comes to a close, I hope that De La Hoya realizes that staying retired is probably in his best interest. That if he does yet again make another comeback at 47 years old and it doesn’t go his way, that he will be remembered as the fighter who came back one too many times and tarnished his stellar, legendary boxing legacy.

Instead I hope he’s remembered as one of best to ever lace up his gloves and remains “The Goldenboy.”

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