Oscar De La Hoya: 5 Reasons He'll Rule Boxing After Rehab
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.
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.
Here's five reasons he'll rule boxing after rehab.
5. Become a Much Better Promoter
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
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
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
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
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.