"You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward . How much you can take, and keep moving forward"
Oscar De La Hoya, the legion of fans, the screaming young and middle-aged women, the money, the fame, the Hollywood-like ambiance, the good-looks, the Glamour, the charisma...It's all still in there, but the Golden boy's image has been tarnished night-in, night-out.
He no longer displays the brilliance that earned him the gold in Barcelona. He doesn't hit the way he hit, the speeds not there, and the left-hook is missing.
He is a full-time promoter.
His last seven fights gave him two thirds of his losses. He couldn't figure out the Shane Mosley puzzle, he received his first date with the canvass courtesy of Bernard Hopkins. Floyd Mayweather toyed with him, and the most recent, Manny Pacquiao, gave him the beating of his life.
Let's make it clear. I was, I am, and will always be a De La Hoya fan, and I know that there's still one good fight left in him.
Some might react negatively with what I've said. After the Pacquiao fight, many observers suggest that it's about time to hang up the gloves but I don't think so; a champion cannot go down like that.
I'm thinking of cinco de mayo, batalla de pueblo, el ultimo vuelo de Oscar De La Hoya.
Perfect script, Perfect exit strategy,
Any tough welterweight or super welterweight fighter can do: Paul Williams, Antonio Margarito, or Miguel Cotto (Don't dare mention JC Chavez Jr.).
It's about time for De La Hoya to once and for all cement his legacy as one of boxing's premier talents. Enough of the old and washed up excuse of being old and washed up, forget about the "can't pull the trigger" punchline.
Some might claim that there's nothing left in De La Hoya. He'll just be over-powered, he'll get another beating or he's not fit to fight. Others will say that it'll be another loss for him.
If he loses, so be it.
Winning isn't everything...
All he needs to do is to put on a performance, Don't just roll over and die!!
It's time to give back something to the fans. It's to boxing that he owes his wealth. He's a champion all his life so he must retire as one, at least a champion in the people's eyes.
Lastly, Remember the Spartan code: Die with honor rather than live with dishonor.
"Go back victorious or be back with a shield rested upon your upon you corpse"