Oscar De La Hoya: 5 All-Time Greats He Could Have Beaten in His Prime

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Oscar De La Hoya: 5 All-Time Greats He Could Have Beaten in His Prime

The Golden Boy had it all.

The million dollar smile, movie star looks, Grammy award-winning voice, charming personality, heartwarming background story and Olympic Gold medal all combined to make Oscar De La Hoya the biggest draw and brightest star (south of the heavyweight division) in the history of boxing.

The legacy of De La Hoya the celebrity is safely secured.

The same can not be said for the legacy of De La Hoya the fighter. 

A career based in "what ifs" is marred by the final three round against Felix Trinidad, two possibly steroid-induced losses to Shane Mosley and all-too-late battles against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.

Throughout his career De La Hoya was always considered a pound-for-pound contender, although he never actually beat an in-his-prime opponent, and for a fighter who is assured to be a first ballot Hall of Famer, his career-defining victories came against aging stars Julio Cesar Chavez, Pernell Whitaker and a volatile, yet not so great Fernando Vargas. 

However, De La Hoya wasn't all glitz and glam. His lead left hook was devastating and his combination of speed and power matches up with any all-time great.  

In a career filled with "what ifs" Oscar De La Hoya's talent and ability will always be up for debate. Was he truly great enough to rank with "Sugar" Ray Leonard and "Sugar" Ray Robinson, or was he a very talented fighter with a nice smile who wasn't as good as we wanted him to be?

With that in mind, here's five all-time greats "The Golden Boy" could have beaten.    

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