Oscar De La Hoya – Out

April 15, 2009 by  

While I haven’t always been a big Oscar De La Hoya fan, I have always respected his willingness to take on the toughest competition. And for completely non-nefarious reasons, I’m quite happy that he’s decided to hang up the gloves.

“I’m announcing my retirement because I’ve been doing this since I was five years old and it’s just the love of my life for boxing is my passion and it was what I was born to do. And when I can’t do it any more and come in at the highest level, it’s not fair to me, it’s not fair to the fans, and it’s not fair to nobody. I’ve come to the conclusion that’s it’s over.”

Aside from continuing on as a fast-rising boxing promoter, De La Hoya says he is also branching out into the world of soccer.

“Soccer, with the Houston Dynamo, now we’re involved in a different sport where we have the opportunity along with everyone else involved in the MLS to grow the sport, to make it as popular as it can be here in the States,” De La Hoya said. “To make it the sport among our kids. It’s a great responsibility, so we embrace it. We at Golden Boy are hard workers, ambitious people and realize the potential that these sports have.”

Thanks for the punching, Oscar. Here’s to you becoming boxing’s most important ambassador.

–WKW

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