“My Mom Passed Away Before I Can Buy Her Nice Stuff”- Oscar De La Hoya Reveals the Pain of Losing His Mother

Published 07/10/2021, 1:04 AM EDT
Oscar De La Hoya weighs in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for their upcoming fight on May 5, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will meet for Mayorga’s WBC Junior Middleweight Championship tomorrow night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/WireImage)


Multi-weight world champion Oscar De La Hoya is fortunate to have found success both inside and outside the boxing ring. Once a vicious puncher, the 48-year-old is now a successful promoter and has a roster full of elites at his Golden Boy stable. Hence, De La Hoya is rightly successful, wealthy, and famous, all of which has come as a result of his sheer dedication to boxing.

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However, the former champion is not free of pain as he has claimed to carry the burden of his mother’s death. De La Hoya lost his mother at an early age, even before he was successful. Hence, he couldn’t award her with a lot of luxury. Speaking with Mike Tyson from the HotBoxin podcast, he addressed the situation and made several of his fans emotional.

The Golden Boy Kingpin said, “You know what’s crazy, my mom passed away before I can buy her nice stuff. Yeah, it’s crazy man. It’s pain.”

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According to the reports of Sportscasting, Oscar De La Hoya’s mother Cecilia De La Hoya was battling breast cancer when she lost her life in 1990. She always had a dream to see her son become a champion boxer. However, De La Hoya’s first rise to fame came when he became the Olympic gold medalist in 1992.

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Although his mother was no longer there to see, De La Hoya achieved his mother’s dreams in fashion. He became one of the most successful boxers ever and retired in 2008 to become a promoter. Now the former champion is itching to fight again and has announced his comeback after over a decade. So, the fighter in him still prevails.

The return of Oscar De La Hoya

Following a loss to Manny Pacquiao in 2008, De La Hoya will appear in an exhibition contest against former UFC fighter Vitor Belfort on September 11. Triller Fight Club will host the event and can be one of the biggest nights of boxing in recent years. That said De La Hoya has also hailed Mike Tyson for inspiring him to return.

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Last year, Tyson returned to action in an exhibition against Roy Jones Jr. which was a tremendous success. That move urged many to follow the path. So, Oscar De La Hoya has also laced up his gloves and seems eager to enter the ring. Although he has nothing more to prove in the sport, De La Hoya’s love for boxing has brought him back to the fans.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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