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Mark Wahlberg Gives Oscar De La Hoya a New Lease on Life

Published 03/16/2023, 10:00 AM EDT

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Oscar De La Hoya is a former professional boxer and a boxing promoter. He competed and won 11 world titles in six weight classes, including the lineal championship in three weight classes. De La Hoya is widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. He is also the founder of Golden Boy Promotions, a combat sports promotional firm.

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De La Hoya is one of the few boxers to take on promotional responsibilities while still active. He retired from boxing in 2009 after a 16-year career. ‘The Golden Boy’ has definitely left a great mark in the field of boxing. He is such a celebrated boxer and promoter that Mark Wahlberg is currently making a documentary on Oscar. In a recent interview with ESNEWS, Oscar gave his thoughts on the documentary.

Oscar De la Hoya shares his thoughts on the documentary


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In the video, Oscar de la Hoya is sitting inside his car while the reporter was asking him questions. Oscar was first asked about his thoughts on Gervonta Davis wearing his T-shirt during the press conference. Oscar shared that at first he was suspicious of Tank’s motives but then he appreciated his gesture.

Then, the reporter asked his thoughts on Mark Wahlberg, who is arguably one of the greatest actors ever, doing a documentary about him. Now, Wahlberg is himself a combat sports fan, and one time he even lauded Vasiliy Lomachenko for his performance against Masayoshi Nakatani.


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So the reporter asked De La Hoya if he’s got the chance to see the documentary yet. Oscar De La Hoya made a witty joke, “Well the only thing I can say about it is that Oscar’s gonna win an Oscar, it’s that good. It’s incredible, it’s amazing, yeah.”

He went further and said, “It’s very uh- it’s heartfelt, it’s inspirational. I talk about the downs, the lows, the highs, it’s one that it’s gonna inspire, I believe. But most importantly, it’s gonna set me free. It’s so authentic, you know. So I talk about everything, it’s pretty cool.

Well, this is not the first documentary about Oscar De La Hoya, as in the past year itself, there was a documentary about De La Hoya’s fight with another famous Mexican boxer. And now, in the very next year, there’s another documentary in making, which could get released this year too. Well, how many boxers can say that they’ve had two documentaries made about them in two consecutive years?

La Guerra Civil: an Oscar de la Hoya documentary

Eva Longoria Bastón released her documentary film, “La Guerra Civil,” at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2022. The movie explores the cultural divide that the 1996 fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Julio César Chávez exposed for many Mexican Americans.


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De La Hoya asked Bastón, his friend of 20 years, to direct a documentary about the fight. At first, Bastón was hesitant, but then she was inspired to delve into the cultural issues that the fight brought to the surface, with Chávez representing Mexico and De La Hoya representing East Los Angeles.

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The film features interviews with Chávez, De La Hoya, his Mexican trainer Jesus Rivero, as well as academics and observers who discuss the cultural divide then and now. Despite challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bastón managed to complete the film and form a strong bond with Chávez.


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“La Guerra Civil” is a DAZN Originals’ production. It is a documentary that holds its appeals to even people who are not into watching boxing or documentaries about it.

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Written by:

Chirag Radhyan


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Chirag Radhyan is a Boxing Writer at EssentiallySports. He has a Bachelor’s degree in English Honors and is a keen follower of Western Boxing. His journey of love for the sport bloomed in his puberty when he first saw a video of the fight where Mike Tyson TKO'ed Donovan in the seventh round.
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Amal Joyce