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More to follow on BBC page.What a career, regardless of what you think of his achievements, certainly a great in my eyes.I'll update this with the full story ASAP.A pleasure to watch your career, Oscar :)
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posted Apr 15, 2009
Oscar De La Hoya was a true showman and was one of the greatest boxers of his generation its a shame its all over now but we can all look back on his career as a marvelous achievment.
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What A Ledgend
I've been one of Oscars critics in the past, mainly for the fights that he failed to grab by the scruff of the neck but as a 6 weight world champion and the calibre of his opponents. He is surely a HOF, but he's not done it, he may even go on to be remembered more favourly for what he does for the fight game OUTSIDE of the ring.Enjoy your wealth, and more importantly your health Oscar.
http://www.ringtv.com/blog/558/de_la_hoya_didnt_live_up_to_hype__but_came_close/An interesting appraisal of De La Hoya on the Ring site. Though owned by Golden Boy, it's not rose tinted in it's view.
A great of his generation - last 10 years or so(not of all time) -like Barrera, Mayweather, Lewis, Calzaghe, Hopkins, RJJ & Trinidad & others can take their pick too. He fought them all and unlike some of his peers was in a position to do so due to the financial draw that came with his name.Glad to see him retire and hope RJJ does the same very soon. Well done Oscar.
Good to see somebody come out from the sport with another means of making money , golden boy promotions should help him never return for money reasons .A modern icon , and a fighter who kept boxing in the public eye , I feel the sport will decline with no true great fighters around any more
Not unexpected, I think he could still have performed well at light middle, but he cant win against the best anymore. He won some great fights and his losses to Trinidad and Mosley (the second time)were debatable and questionable given Mosley's use of steroids (unknowingly or not)and the very real possibility that Trinidad used to use the margarito hand wrapping technique! There was no disgrace in losing to the far bigger Hopkins and everyone bar the Pacman fanatics, knows that the severely weight drained and past it Oscar in that fight was a ghost of the fighter that he was even in his previous fight.I wish him well in his retirement!
What can I say?It,s a sad day for boxing but the correct descition. He was on the slippery slope when he fought PBF, and was a shadow of the once great warrior when he fought Pacman. This guy fought all the greats of his era.(unlike some frauds iv'e mentioned on 606 before?But I won't go there now)Oscar!!Your a true legend.<cry>
77pence, you wrote:> With his "no, I won't fight him even if he's the #1 contender and would beat me up....I'll fight him instead because I would whoop him and make more money" It was that mentality that paved the road for other miscreants to pick and choose which fight to fight rather than fight the best and/or #1 contenders. < then wrote: > De La Hoya fans seem to forget his record in bouts with big names:lost to Mayweatherlost to Mosley twicelost to Trinidadlost to Pacquiolost to Bernard Hopkins on a body blow < within the same post. So, where is the logic in that? If he had a mentality of avoiding the big boys and picking on the wimps, then how did he manage to share the ring with those "big names" (as you have correctly called them) on your list? Talking of big names, or great boxers to be more precise, there are several people on this forum who do not seem to know anything about boxing other than boxing of the last 5 years. Why don't you guys go through the list of fighters ODH fought in his amazing career (and won against), and do a little homework on them in order to find out who they were? Kids. Don't expose your ignorance. Do your homework first.
i didnt really warm to dhl but he was a good fighter.the word legend is branded about to much in boxing and i rarely use it and wont in dhls career.he suffered an indignity like so many good fighters in the sport of boxing by being made to look old in the ring.his last few fights were cleverly picked for one reason only MONEY!.the promotor in dhl had taken over.no need to wish dhl luck he is a super rich guy who will become boxings biggest promoter.boxing is a life long career for him.
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