The legend continues for “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya. De La Hoya — one of the biggest stars in boxing history — was inducted into the boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday, in a career that included titles in five different weight classes; a record of 39-6, with 30 KO’s; and setting the Pay Per View record for buys in his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2007.
Even though De La Hoya has stayed relevant with his boxing promotion company Golden Boy Promotions, the past few years have been hard on the native Californian, who has admitted to drug addiction and alcohol abuse in the latter years of his career and even checking himself into rehab again late last year.
In his speech on Sunday, De La Hoya alluded to the elephant in the room — promoters not getting along (Bob Arum and Top Rank), with the fans suffering.
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“We must put aside the egos that have damaged our brand and sullied our reputation. And most important, we must give the fans the fights they want.”
Now that De La Hoya and Arum have made amends, there is one ginormous problem — Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer has stepped down (because De La Hoya made peace with Arum) and now “Money” Mayweather has separated from using GBP to promote his fights.
To simply translate: Mayweather has once again found a way to not fight Manny Pacquiao.
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Pacquiao is promoted by Arum and Top Rank, so a truce between GBP means Mayweather and Pacquiao could now fight without their promoters bickering and stopping them from signing a contract.
But alas, that wasn’t meant to be. And for Floyd? Well, during Memorial Day Weekend, he was at Fatburger, when pint-size rapper T.I. swung at him outside in the parking lot, for allegedly getting too close to his wife.
Mayweather, the supposed pound-for-pound best taking blows from an untrained 140 pound rapper?
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Maybe T.I. watched his last fight against Marcos Maidana and saw holes in his game. Heck, we all did.
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