"After doing an honest evaluation of myself, I recognize that there are certain issues that I need to work on,” De La Hoya, 38, said in a statement to the website TMZ. “Like everyone, I have my flaws, and I do not want to be one of those people that is afraid to admit and address those flaws."
De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs), who defeated 17 world champions and captured 10 crowns in six different weight classes, was one of the great pound-for-pound prizefighters from 1994 to 2002.
“The Golden Boy,” named The Ring magazine’s “Fighter of the Year” in 1995, was the only U.S. boxer to win a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
De La Hoya retired from competing in the squared circle after he was battered by Manny Pacquiao in an eight-round TKO loss in December 2008.
"I am confident that with the support of my family and friends, I will become a stronger, healthier person,” he said.
De La Hoya’s immense fame and popularity notwithstanding, he is essentially a normal individual battling personal demons.
“The Golden Boy” fearlessly took on all challengers during his 17-year career as a professional.
Expect Oscar De La Hoya to fight his “substance abuse issues” with as much ferocity as he did his 45 opponents in the ring.
Ultimately, De La Hoya will again be “Golden” and “become a stronger, healthier person.”