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Oscar De La Hoya Speaks On Returning To Boxing After Past Traumas Of Sexual Abuse & Mother’s Passing

Oscar De La Hoya Speaks On Returning To Boxing After Past Traumas Of Sexual Abuse & Mother’s Passing

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Oscar De la Hoya announced his initial retirement nearly 13 years after he was defeated by Manny Pacquiao, and now today, the boxing legend is focused on attaining complete closure on his life and his career with one last fight.

Speaking with Teddy Mora of the Power Mornings show, De La Hoya gets extremely candid about regretting his early retirement and how his emotional state didn’t align with his physical stature. Oscar describes the past few years as “hell” where he explains that the sport of boxing is saving his life, since the day he decided to make his return to the ring. Passionately reminding himself that he’s put drugs and alcohol behind him, Oscar reflects on his life’s obstacles and where he stands in his career today.

Nicknamed boxing’s “Golden Boy” at the early age of 17, De La Hoya speaks on the pressures he experienced attempting to be something that people wanted him to be, while he endured his past traumas about his mother’s passing and being sexually abused as a child. Oscar opens up about the clarity his life now has and whether or not he’s making a return to the sport for money.

The icon also goes on to speak on an upcoming 4-part series based on his life and shares his thoughts and memories of the late Kobe Bryant.