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Oscar De La Hoya: 5 Reasons He'll Rule Boxing After Rehab

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2011

Oscar De La Hoya: 5 Reasons He'll Rule Boxing After Rehab

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    LAS VEGAS - MAY 02:  Promoter Oscar De La Hoya smiles during the news conference annoucning the July 18th fight between boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico in the Hollywood Theatre in the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino May 2, 2009 in Las
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    Oscar De La Hoya is on the mend, after admitting that he suffers from an alcohol and drug problem the now retired six-time division title holder continues to move forward with his rehabilitation.

    De La Hoya said in a statement over the weekend via ESPN:

    After doing an honest evaluation of myself, I recognize that there are certain issues that I need to work on. 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.

    Boxing's "Golden Boy" reportedly admits that cocaine led to infidelity in his marriage, per TMZ.  Now that he's trying to repair his life, De La Hoya may come back better than ever.

    Here's five reasons he'll rule boxing after rehab.

5. Become a Much Better Promoter

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 14:  Amir Khan, Oscar de la Hoya the President of Golden Boy Promotions and Paul McCloskey pose for pictures after a press conference ahead of the WBA light-welterweight fight between Amir Khan and Paul McCloskey at Manchester
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    Successful rehabilitation can clear your mind and give you fresh perspective.

    De La Hoya has a collection of some of the best boxers in the sport under his wing with Golden Boy Promotions.

    With new drugs no longer clouding his judgement, he could make an even bigger impact as a promoter.

4. Repair Relationship with Pacman

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    LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 06:  Manny Pacquiao (R) hits Oscar De La Hoya in the fifth round of their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena December 6, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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    Remember when De La Hoya and members of his camp were accusing Manny Pacquiao of steroid use?

    After rehab, the "Golden Boy" is looking somewhat like a hypocrite for making those statements. 

    The best thing to do is to repair his broken relationship with Pacman and make amends for all the cocky trash talk in the past.

    With Pacman at his side, more opportunities could open up for De La Hoya and the entire sport.

3. Charm and Personality

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    LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 18:  Radio personality Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo (L) and boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya entertain the crowd during the official weigh-in for boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 18
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    De La Hoya concedes that cocaine clouded his better judgement.  Hopefully it didn't suck away all that charm and appeal.

    What made De La Hoya such a big star was because of his personality. 

    If he's lucid and clean, whether he appears on the radio or television if De La Hoya is talking about boxing, people are going to listen and watch.

2. Possible Comeback

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    LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 06:  Oscar De La Hoya looks on from the ring in the first round against Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena December 6, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Get
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    Retired doesn't mean anything in the boxing world. 

    Don't be surprised if we see the 38-year-old former champion make a comeback.

    There's nothing like the adrenaline high of getting back in the ring that could help him get his career back on track.

    People will still watch him, after all De La Hoya has generated the most pay-per-view income in history.

1. Deliver Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

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    De La Hoya has fought them both.  But he may actually give boxing what it's been asking for, for a long time—a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight.

    He can use his influence to sway both fighters into finally getting in the ring with one another.

    Assuming he makes things right with Manny and given his solid relationship with Floyd, this fight may finally happen.

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