Tuesday, November 17, 2009


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Oscar De La Hoya's Greatest Hits
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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

It was the end of the road for the number one boxing personality in the whole world. But at least this time, only as a fighter. Oscar “Golden Boy” de la Hoya has announced his retirement. He declared this before hundreds of fans just across the Staples Center on April 14, 2009 where his seven-foot bronze statue was erected.
Fighting 16 years, garnering 10 world titles in 6 different weight divisions, defeating 17 world champions, and 39-6 with 30 knockouts, now at 36 years old, de la Hoya declared "This is the love of my life, boxing is my passion, boxing is what I was born to do. When I can't do it anymore, when I can't compete at the highest level, it's not fair. It's not fair to me, it's not fair to the fans, it's not fair to nobody."
Oscar’s outfit, the Golden Boy Promotions, is one of the most dynamic and respected boxing promoters, breaking all existing PPV records. Thus he became the first Latino to own a promotional boxing company. He expended his business empire due to his ability to deal with both English and Spanish-speaking clientele.
De La Hoya's company Golden Boy Enterprises bought The Ring Magazine, KO Magazine, World Boxing Magazine and Pro Wrestling Illustrated from the Kappa Publishing Group. The company also acquired as part-owner the major league soccer team Houston Dynamos.
Armed with a movie-star charisma, de la Hoya draws fans not only among the male boxing lovers, but also among the women and the third sex. Thus his magnetic appeal transcends pro boxing from a mere professional sport to an entertainment business.
De La Hoya was awarded as The Ring Magazine's "Fighter of the Year" in 1995 and its number one pound for pound fighter in 1997. He has defeated seventeen former world champions including Jimmy Bredahl, Jorge Paez, John-John Molina, Rafael Ruelas, Genaro Hernandez, Jesse James Leija, Julio Cesar Chavez, Miguel Angel Gonzalez, Pernell Whitaker, Hector Camacho, Arturo Gatti, Ike "Bazooka" Quartey, Javier Castillejo, Luis Ramon Campas, Fernando Vargas, Felix Sturm, and Ricardo Mayorga.
(By Maloney L. Samaco at PhilBoxing.com, Fri, 17 Apr 2009)

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His parents moved to the United States from Mexico before he was born. Boxing was a common thread in De La Hoya's family: his grandfather was an amateur fighter in the 1940s, while his father boxed professionally in the 1960s. Oscar himself began boxing at the age of six. His idol was the Olympic gold medalist Sugar Ray Leonard, who became a celebrity after the 1976 Summer Olympics before going professional; Leonard became the first boxer to win titles in five divisions, from welter to light heavyweight.
At age 15, De La Hoya won the national Junior Olympic 119-pound title; he took home the 125-pound title the next year. In 1990, he won the national Golden Gloves title in the 125-pound division and was the youngest U.S. boxer at that year's Goodwill Games, winning a gold medal. The joy of victory was tempered by the news that his mother was terminally ill with cancer; she died in October 1990, expressing the hope that her son would one day win Olympic gold. One year later, with a victory in the U.S. Amateur Boxing tournament (132 pounds), De La Hoya was named Boxer of the Year by USA Boxing.

Oscar De La Hoya Hightlight made by martin0792
Music Foo Fighters - My Hero
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Oscar De la Hoya
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A superstar whose popularity transcends boxing, Oscar De La Hoya is considered to be one of the best fighters in the world at any weight - "Pound-for-Pound." He is also the biggest non-heavyweight attraction and moneymaker at the gate. De La Hoya's road to greatness began on the tough streets of East Los Angeles, California. He once said, "I was a little kid who used to fight a lot on the street and get beat up. But I liked boxing. So my dad took me to the gym." Oscar started boxing at the age of six and reportedly had 228 amateur fights (223-5)...his father and grandfather were both boxers, but it was clear that the most talented member of the De La Hoya clan was Oscar, who earned a spot on the 1992 US Olympic team.
At the Barcelona games, De La Hoya defeated Marco Rudolph by a 7-2 decision in the finals to become the only U.S. gold medalist in the 1992 games; Oscar had vowed to win at the Olympics for his mother, who died of breast cancer when he was working towards making the Olympic team. Oscar said, "The most important thing I've done in my life was winning the Olympic gold medal for my mother. Every time I won, it was like telling my mom, 'Here is another one for you.' She was my motivation, my biggest fan.' "...
(Home Box Office, Inc)

De La O's and De La Hoya, 1993
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Front: Savannah and Andrew
Back: Meranda and Oscar
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De La Hoya turned pro with much fanfare on November 23, 1992, with a first round knockout of Lamar Williams. By his eighth fight he had stopped tough veteran Troy Dorsey in the first round, and by his 12th he was a world champion, as he stopped Jimmi Bredahl in 10 rounds on March 5, 1994 to win the WBO super featherweight championship.
After defending his title once, De La Hoya moved up to the lightweight division and added another title to his trophy case as he knocked out Jorge Paez in two rounds on July 29, 1994 to win the WBO crown at 135 pounds. Less than a year later, he unified the title with a second round TKO in a highly anticipated local battle with Rafael Ruelas, and went on to stop highly regarded Genaro Hernandez and Jesse James Leija before making another jump in weight to 140 pounds in 1996.
At junior welterweight, De La Hoya continued to be devastating as he halted Mexican icon Julio Cesar Chavez and Miguel Angel Gonzalez, and he then tested the waters at 147 pounds in impressive fashion by winning the WBC welterweight crown from Pernell Whitaker and defending it seven times before losing a controversial 12 round decision to Felix Trinidad on September 18, 1999.
De La Hoya's attempt to regain his title in June of 2000 was foiled by Shane Mosley, but a voyage to junior middleweight met with spectacular success as he TKOed local rival Fernando Vargas on September 14, 2002.
(Home Box Office, Inc)

Shane Mosley Vs Oscar De La Hoya
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Since that bout (and in practically every one before it), every event involving De La Hoya has been a major occurrence, and even his out of the ring exploits have been accepted warmly by his legion of fans. In 2000, Oscar recorded a pop music CD that was nominated for a Grammy Award, and in December of 2001, he formed his own boxing promotion company, Golden Boy Promotions, which has quickly risen to its current status as one of the premier promotional companies in the sport today.
In October 2001, De La Hoya married Puerto Rican singer Millie Corretjer in a private ceremony in Puerto Rico; Oscar said, "Ever since I met her, my life has been different. I have what I want. I have my jewel in Millie." They have two children, Oscar Gabriel De La Hoya and Nina Lauren Ninette De La Hoya.
(Home Box Office, Inc)

Boxer Oscar De La Hoya and his wife Millie Corretjer
April 14, 2009, Los Angeles, California
Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images North America

In 2003, he became the first Hispanic to own a national boxing promotional firm, Golden Boy Promotions, and one of only a handful of boxers in history who have taken on promotional responsibilities while still active.
In 2004, de la Hoya made headlines when he reneged on an NBC television network deal to cover the Athens Olympics, opting instead to fight Bernard Hopkins for the world Middleweight championship. De la Hoya ultimately lost the fight to Hopkins in the ninth round.

Bernard knocks Oscar with body shot
Oscar De La Hoya KO
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In 2006, de la Hoya added the title of new dad to his resume after announcing the news of the birth of his son, Oscar, Jr. in January. In May, the boxer traveled to Las Vegas for his showdown with WBC junior middleweight champion Ricardo Mayorga. The boxer ultimately won the much anticipated comeback defeating Mayorga in the 6th round by TKO.
A year later, de la Hoya was defeated by split decision in a much-heralded fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Las Vegas on May 5, 2007. In a lead-up to the bout, a related television special, De La Hoya Mayweather 24/7, went behind the scenes in a four-episode HBO series.

Greatest fighter of all the time
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Oscar De La Hoya vs Floyd Mayweather
(Full Fight) Part 1
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Oscar De La Hoya vs Floyd Mayweather
(Full Fight) Part 2
By JavierTheOne88
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In September 2007, Internet buzz surrounding photos of De La Hoya dressed in women's clothing were denounced by fans as clever photo manipulation, with the boxer himself cleaiming the photos as "phony". Milana Dravnel, who reportedly took the pictures, met De La Hoya at a strip club where she worked, and later claimed she was coerced into an agreement with De la Hoya to recant her knowledge of the scandalous photos, and later filed a lawsuit against him for "a damaged public reputation."
Back in the ring in May 2008, the boxer went on to defeat Steve Forbes in an easy 12-round decision. De la Hoya next faced WBC lightweight champ Manny Pacquiao on December 6, 2008 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. However, in a stunning upset Pacquiao dominated nearly every second of the fight resulting in an 8th round TKO.
Following the fight, De la Hoya hinted at his departure from in the ring and officially announced his retirement on April 14, 2009, leaving a standing record of 39 wins and 6 defeats.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA is back in contention, May 03, 08
defeated STEVIE FORBES in an unanimous decision
A 12-round contest in Carson, California on Saturday

Victory against Steve Forbes
Junior middleweight bout
Home Depot Center on May 3, 2008 in Carson, California
Photo by Harry How/Getty Images North America

De La Hoya vs Pacquiao Highlights

De La Hoya vs Pacquiao After the Bell

Oscar De La Hoya, April 14, 2009
After announcing his retirement from boxing
Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
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Boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya
Official weigh-in for boxers
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez
MGM Grand Garden Arena September 18, 2009
Las Vegas, Nevada
The two fought at the MGM on September 19
Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America

Promoter Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions
News conference at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada, November 14, 2009
For boxers Shane Mosley vs Andre Berto
January 30, 2010 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center
Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images North America

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