De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs), who defeated 17 world champions and captured 10 crowns in six different weight classes, was one of the premier pound-for-pound pugilists from 1994 to 2002.
"Today marks an incredible personal achievement," said De La Hoya, 41, the only U.S. boxer to win a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. "But it is only the latest milestone that never would have been possible without my family, my friends and, most of all, my fans."
De La Hoya was a pay-per-view megastar who fearlessly faced all challengers over a span of 17 years.
Still, despite his many feats as a prizefighter, De La Hoya certainly isn’t a perfect “Golden Boy.”
The Ring magazine’s “Fighter of the Year” in 1995 has struggled with substance abuse issues and battled suicidal thoughts since retiring.
Now sober, De La Hoya is concentrating on Golden Boy Promotions and trying to better the sport that made him millions.
"We must put aside the egos that have damaged our brand and sullied our reputation," said De La Hoya, a week after CEO Richard Schaefer quit his firm. "We, the promoters, must stop carrying petty grudges that serve no purpose but to divide our sport. And most important, we must give the fans the fights that they want."
Ultimately, if able to “give the fans the fights that they want,” Oscar De La Hoya may ultimately prove to be a more “important” individual outside of the squared circle.