Oscar De La Hoya batters Ricardo Mayorga: Here’s hoping it was the Golden Boy’s curtain call

May 7, 2006 by  

After watching Oscar De La Hoya manhandle Ricardo Mayorga to the tune of a completely dominant 6th-round TKO, it’s become apparent that, at 33, the Golden Boy is finally being embraced.

He’s always been embraced by his multitude of fans, of course, but now even his critics have to look at his body of work and grudgingly respect De La Hoya’s career.

It was a confident, dominant performance by De La Hoya, light years removed from the worst performance of his career — the ninth-round body-shot knockout he suffered at the hands of Bernard Hopkins.

But Oscar came out with guns blazing against Mayoga in Las Vegas, and reminded everyone of his quality, as well as the devastation his left hook can bring when he commits to it.

At 33, we’re seeing the final rounds of De La Hoya’s career, but against Mayorga he appeared to be the Golden Boy again. Now would be time for De La Hoya to take his WBC Jr. Middleweight title and head off to a sunset of promotions, singing and stardom.

Because if he continues fighting, his path leads to only one man — Floyd Mayweather. If Oscar wants to leave his active boxing career with fans and critics impressed, then the time to leave is now. Because a fight with “Pretty Boy” appears unwinnable.

But regardless, a fine performance by De La Hoya in what could be a fantastic way to call it a career.



3 Responses to “Oscar De La Hoya batters Ricardo Mayorga: Here’s hoping it was the Golden Boy’s curtain call”

  1. William K. Wolfrum » Blog Archive » Some recent TravelGolf.com blogs on November 15th, 2006 7:13 am

    [...] De La Hoya-Mayweather bout will highlight how age matters more in boxing than golf Having recently signed up a mega fight that will occur in May 2007, the Mayweather-De La Hoya bout will be a perfect example of how age is different in boxing than in any other sport. De La Hoya goes into the fight with edges in experience, quality of opposition and weight. He’ll leave the fight bloody, battered and stopped. Read More An important tip for all golfers: Beware of rugby players [...]

  2. William K. Wolfrum » Blog Archive » Oscar De La Hoya beats Stevie Forbes and looks old doing it on May 3rd, 2008 7:33 pm

    [...] Oscar De La Hoya cruised to a unanimous decision over Stevie Forbes in Los Angeles on Saturday night. For De La Hoya, that’s the good news. The bad news is this - if he steps in against anyone less limited than Forbes, he could be in big trouble. [...]

  3. William K. Wolfrum Chronicles » Blog Archive » Oscar De La Hoya - Out on April 15th, 2009 6:07 am

    [...] 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. [...]

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