47-year-old Oscar De La Hoya has decided to announce his return to the boxing ring.
Weeks after former heavyweight champions Mike Tyson and Roy Jones JR. announced a match against each other, the Golden Boy of boxing decided to give it one more shot 12 years after his final fight in 2008 against Manny Pacquiao where he threw in the towel in the 8th round.
“The rumors are true, and I’m going to start sparring in the next few weeks,” De La Hoya said to ESPN. “It’s a real fight. I miss being in the ring, I love boxing. Boxing is what gave me everything I have today, and I just miss it.”
De La Hoya has world titles in six different weight classes, with a 39-6 record including 30 knockouts in his career with notable fights against Floyd Mayweather JR., Shane Mosley, Bernard Hopkins, and Felix Trinidad, including as well as getting the gold medal at the 1992 Olympics.
Following his retirement, he became one of the most successful promoters in boxing with Golden Boy Promotions.
His plan would be to compete at 154-160 pounds.