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De La Hoya May Call It Quits

Hispanic Business, Posted: Apr 13, 2009

Oscar de la Hoya, the 1992 Olympic gold medalist who became the most successful crossover Hispanic boxer of all time, may announce his plans to retire as early as Tuesday, reports Hispanic Business. Known as "The Pride of East L.A.," De la Hoya will hold a press conference Tuesday in Los Angeles. Observers have speculated that De la Hoya would call it quits after he was beaten handily by Manny Pacquiao last December.

De la Hoya became a sports and cultural icon, appearing on Wheaties boxes, the covers of mainstream national magazines and was even nominated for a Grammy for his self-titled album in 2000. De la Hoya also founded Golden Boy Promotions, which, among other things, promotes and develops the next generation of boxers. As a boxer, he became the best fighter of his generation, winning 10 world titles in six different weight classes.

But De la Hoya has struggled to remain competitive this decade, and after a string of high-profile losses, the boxer is expected to call it quits. His departure from the ring would likely deal a crushing blow to the sport; despite his decline, he remains boxing's biggest draw and his pay-per-view fights are the sport's highest rated.


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