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De la Hoya calls time on career

Oscar de la Hoya
De la Hoya won world titles at six different weights

Boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya has announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 36.

De la Hoya, nicknamed 'Golden Boy', held world titles at six different weights and ends with a win-loss record of 39-6 with 30 knockouts.

"I have come to the conclusion that it is over," said an emotional De la Hoya, who won 10 world titles.

"Knowing you are never going to fight again is a tough decision but I am looking forward to the future."

De la Hoya won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and won the first of his 10 world titles at super-featherweight before eventually moving up to middleweight.

He beat Julio Cesar Chavez for the light-welterweight championship twice and claimed the unofficial crown of the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world when he beat Pernell Whitaker for the WBC welterweight crown in 1997.

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He lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2007 but it was defeat by Manny Pacquiao last December, his last fight, that pushed him towards retirement.

"This was a decision I was going back and forth with, thinking I can do it one more time," he said.

"Boxing is my passion, boxing is what I was born to do and when I can't do it anymore, when I can't compete at the highest level, it's not fair.

"But it's not fair to me, it's not fair to the fans, it's not fair to nobody. I've come to the conclusion that's over, it's over inside the ring for me."

De la Hoya will now concentrate on boxing promotion with the Golden Boy Promotions company that he has been running since 2001, while he also has several other business interests.

"Now I'm looking forward to the future of boxing and continuing to be the best I can be outside the ring," he added.

"I feel there is a legacy that I can leave outside the ring and that, to me, is every bit as important as everything I accomplished inside the ring.

Oscar de la Hoya
De la Hoya's last fight saw him beaten by Manny Pacquiao

"I promised to myself, I promised to my family and I promise to everyone that this is it. This is the end of the road for me inside the ring."

His next appointment on the boxing scene is in Las Vegas on 2 May with his company co-promoting Ricky Hatton's light-welterweight showdown with Pacquiao.

Golden Boy Promotions has also been involved with the likes of Bernard Hopkins and Winky Wright.

"Now I understand why athletes have such a tough time retiring from something that you feel so passionate about, from your sport that you're always thinking you can try one more time," he said.

"You're always thinking that you don't want to let nobody down.

"But this decision was based on making sure that I do not disappoint anyone when I step inside the ring; that I do not disappoint myself and I make sure that I can watch my kids grow up; that I can make sure that I have a life where I can continue to be involved and help the sport of boxing."



see also
De la Hoya undecided over future
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Pacquiao stops 'empty' De la Hoya
07 Dec 08 |  Boxing
De la Hoya claims easy points win
04 May 08 |  Boxing


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