De La Hoya declares with finality: 'I am retired and have decided to stay retired'

Milan Ordoņez on Jun 30, 2015 10:53 AM
De La Hoya: 'I'm retired and have decided to stay retired'
Photo credit: Golden Boy Boxing Facebook page

Oscar De La Hoya has apparently ended all conversations regarding the resurrection of his boxing career.

Over the past few weeks, “The Golden Boy” has been teasing the entire world about a possible comeback. The 42-year old six-division world champ even picked knockout artist Gennady Golovkin to be his opponent upon return. Of course, it did not take long for pound-for-pound king to offer an immediate challenge.

But despite his most recent declarations that he is “feeling amazing”, De La Hoya finally said his last piece on the matter when he sent a statement through his Facebook page  on Monday (Tueday, PHT).

"Over the last six months I've had a front row seat as Golden Boy [Promotions] fighters including Canelo Alvarez, Bernard Hopkins, Lucas Matthysse, Jorge Linares and David Lemieux have stepped into the ring and shown what boxing should be all about -- a commitment to fight the best, to respect the sport and to put the fans first.”

"As a professional athlete and someone who has spent almost his entire life in boxing, not a day goes by when I don't think about coming back -- and the performances of these Golden Boy fighters has only added to my desire to return to the ring.

"But I am retired, and after speaking to my family and following a great deal of introspection, I have decided to stay retired. However, I do so with knowledge that many fighters today still pride themselves on the same principles that I adhered to throughout my career. It is now through boxers like those I mentioned and dozens of other Golden Boy Promotions fighters that those values live on."

"To the many thousands of fans who over the last couple of weeks encouraged me to come out of retirement and fight again, I thank you. You can rest assured that I will spend the rest of my days around this wonderful sport, even though those days won't be spent inside the ropes."

De La Hoya last saw action in 2008, when he was dominated by eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao to an eighth round TKO. He announced his retirement from the sport of boxing immediately after the fight.

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