One of the biggest names in boxing announced his retirement yesterday. Oscar De La Hoya, he of the 10 world championships, the Olympic gold medal, and seemingly countless millions generated in revenue, held a press conference in downtown Los Angeles and announced to the world that he would fight no more. The decision came in part to his TKO defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao, pointed to by many as evidence that De La Hoya could no longer compete at a world-class level.
“The last four months have been very difficult for me,” De La Hoya said. “I’m announcing my retirement because this is what I’ve done since I was five years old.
“When I can’t do it anymore, when I can’t compete at the highest level, it’s not fair. It is not fair to me and it’s not fair to the fans. I have come to the conclusion that it’s over. It’s over inside the ring for me.” |Martin Rogers/Y! Sports|
De La Hoya will continue to stay involved with Golden Boy Promotions, the promotion company involved in both boxing and mixed martial arts. And just like that, half of all the active boxers I’ve ever heard of are retired. It’s a sad day…not for me, but I guess for people that like boxing. Especially sad, anyway.