‘George Foreman did it, and I think I can too’: Ex world champion Oscar De La Hoya, 47, insists he wants to be ‘serious’ about making a comeback and mixing it with’ it very best of today ‘TWELVE years after his last fight
- Oscar De La Hoya is back in training and wants to return to boxing at the age of 47
- Golden Boy promoter says he would only fight with ‘the very best of today’
- He hasn’t fought since he was defeated by Manny Pacquiao in 2008
- De La Hoya insists he feels a ‘million dollars’ and can match George Foreman
Oscar De La Hoya has insisted that he is serious about making a comeback and has set his sights on fighting ‘the very best’ despite his retirement twelve years ago.
The Golden Boy promoter teased a return to the ring earlier this year, reiterating that he is ‘really considering’ moving forward with his plans.
De La Hoya, 47, has not fought since he was forced to retire against Manny Pacquiao in 2008, but is back in training and plans to fight again early next year.
Oscar De La Hoya has insisted that he is ‘really considering’ making a comeback at age 47
De La Hoya has not fought since he had to quit Manny Pacquiao in 2008
“I’m really considering making a comeback,” he said on a live video on Instagram. ‘I trained. I feel really incredible. I feel amazing. ‘
Unlike Mike Tyson, whose planned return will come in a friendly fight against Roy Jones Jr., De La Hoya has vowed that he will only come out of retirement to take on one of today’s greats in a professional match.
“I’ve always fought the best with me, and why not?” he said.
By the way, if I make the comeback in the first quarter of next year, if I slimmed down 20 pounds, it will be, as always, against the very best.
He believes he can rival George Foreman, who won a title at 45 and fought until he was 48
De La Hoya enjoyed an illustrious career in the ring, winning world titles at six different weights
None of these evasive hunters like the way hunters evade everyone today. They make it impossible because they praise themselves. It’s a huge problem. ‘
De La Hoya wouldn’t be the first former world champion to be lured into a return, pointing to George Foreman, who was twice pulled out of retirement and enjoyed success in his later years, winning a world title at the age of 45.
He added: “George Foreman did it, and I think I can too. I feel like a million, million dollars. It’s crazy. ‘
The Hall of Famer boxer won eleven world titles in six different weight divisions during a distinguished career in the ring, fighting some of boxing’s greatest talents in the 90s and early 2000s, including blockbusters with Floyd Mayweather, Shane Mosley, Pernell Whitaker, Felix Trinidad and Bernard Hopkins.