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Oscar De La Hoya Admits Self Into Treatment

BY Michael Woods ON September 10, 2013
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TroutRodriguez Hogan 3Former fighter and current promoter Oscar De La Hoya's battle against personal demons continues, as the 40-year-old California resident announced that he has admitted himself into a treatment facility.

De La Hoya, who retired from the ring shortly after his December 2008 loss to Manny Pacquiao, went public with a substance abuse struggle back in May 2011.

Here is the statement from De La Hoya, who won titles at six different weights, which went out on Tuesday early afternoon.

Los Angeles (September 10) - Canelo Alvarez and I have big fights coming up this weekend. His is the ring and mine in treatment.

I will not be at the fight to cheer Canelo to victory since I have voluntarily admitted myself into a treatment facility.

I explained this to Canelo and he understood that my health and longterm recovery from my disease must come first.

Thank you for your understanding. I ask for your support and privacy during this difficult time for me and my family.

De La Hoya, who won gold for the US at the 1992 Olympics admitted in August 2011 that he had succumbed to the temptation to use cocaine in the past, and had thought of ending his own life. The statement didn't specify for what reason he was again entering treatment.

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amayseng says:

bad news....

i was about to predict a dlh vs mayweather rematch for next May, but that may now be out of the queston.

hate to see anyone suffer from this

SouthPaul says:

Oscar's a fraud. Him and Floyd are in cahoots ....they selling. Ozzzzcur will be sitting in back of
the MGM behind a black curtain like Wizard Of Oz....drinking a 40oz while counting all the PPV receipts.

brownsugar says:

These guys need to quit making these grandiose proclamations about their trips in and out of rehab. Addicts frequently make solemn announcements about going into recovery and continuing therapy. It sounds good and the addict develops a stronger sense of commitment since they made what was basically ...a Public Announcement. But all that does is increase expectations on fans ( yes dispite the online animosity Oscar still has literally millions of em' ).... And it creates massive pressure the addict cannot live up to. Friends and family lose patience and interest..... eventually the addict becomes more depressed which leads to more drug use and the continuious cycle of pain continues... the average user relapses many many times...and may take years to recover but they usually learn to maintain...guys like Oscar should keep that info private...unless he's collecting some revenue for revealing his personal pain....like Tyson.

brownsugar says:

I wish him well

riverside says:

wish him well, the word disease needs to be replace with choice, cancer patients have a disease, Oscar has a choice.

the Roast says:

These guys need to quit making these grandiose proclamations about their trips in and out of rehab. Addicts frequently make solemn announcements about going into recovery and continuing therapy. It sounds good and the addict develops a stronger sense of commitment since they made what was basically ...a Public Announcement. But all that does is increase expectations on fans ( yes dispite the online animosity Oscar still has literally millions of em' ).... And it creates massive pressure the addict cannot live up to. Friends and family lose patience and interest..... eventually the addict becomes more depressed which leads to more drug use and the continuious cycle of pain continues... the average user relapses many many times...and may take years to recover but they usually learn to maintain...guys like Oscar should keep that info private...unless he's collecting some revenue for revealing his personal pain....like Tyson.


Rich guys go to rehab. Regular guys just stop doing things that are bad for them and thier families. Oscar is trying to grab headlines in the mainstream before a big night of boxing. Selfish move. STFU and stay in the backround. Go to rehab Monday morning quietly, nobody needs to know about it. Man up Oscar.

Radam G says:

Hehehehe! The Roast, what got into you? That was meanspirit and coldblooded. But true! Just play alone, "Regular" guy. Hahaha! Holla!

brownsugar says:

Rich guys go to rehab. Regular guys just stop doing things that are bad for them and thier families. Oscar is trying to grab headlines in the mainstream before a big night of boxing. Selfish move. STFU and stay in the backround. Go to rehab Monday morning quietly, nobody needs to know about it. Man up Oscar.


You nailed it Roast... Rich guys go to rehab .... regular guys go to jail....I bet they will have SHOWTIME on the main screen at no additional cost....Lol.

SouthPaul says:

Good input from everyone but specially feeling what Roast said. Real talk.

Carmine Cas says:

Great points especially by Roast and Riverside

Radam G says:

Danggit, CC! get off the joy train of hating the rich. Big BUCKS are human too. Hehehe! Holla!

kidcanvas says:

@AMAYSENG yea that sounds like mayweather , fight the old and shot delahoya next yr when hes more shot and older lol good luck oscar !

The Shadow says:

@AMAYSENG yea that sounds like mayweather , fight the old and shot delahoya next yr when hes more shot and older lol good luck oscar !


LOL come on....no way in hell they fight. I do see De La Hoya coming out of retirement to rematch Tito Trinidad as a battle between two Hall of Famers.

amayseng says:

well not now they wont fight..

but what if dlh had two good fights starting in january and then one in may and then a floyd rematch in sept.

if dlh looked sharp then you know it would sell...

you gonna tell me it wouldn't out sell the ghost ppv?

amayseng says:

well not now they wont fight..

but what if dlh had two good fights starting in january and then one in may and then a floyd rematch in sept.

if dlh looked sharp then you know it would sell...

you gonna tell me it wouldn't out sell the ghost ppv?

The Shadow says:

well not now they wont fight..

but what if dlh had two good fights starting in january and then one in may and then a floyd rematch in sept.

if dlh looked sharp then you know it would sell...

you gonna tell me it wouldn't out sell the ghost ppv?


I never said anything about whether it would sell. I didn't even bring up Ghost.

Me vs. Floyd would outsell that PPV.

I think the rehab might plant the seed for a comeback. But he's NOT fighting before he's inducted into the HOF.

Oscar would fight Canelo and Trinidad before lacing up with Floyd. If he beats those two, then yes, I could see a fight vs. Floyd.

But those are a lot of "if's" -- for one, he wouldn't be ready physically, mentally, spiritually for a tune-up in January.

Two, Floyd is fighting in May. They are NOT sharing that date unless Oscar does a tune-up on that card (which I could see as a good co-feature vs. a glorified Mayweather-leftover bum like Baldomir or DeMarcus Corley).

Three, even if that were to happen, the earliest they would fight would be 2015. By that time, you can expect them to bang the drum for Mayweather-Pacquiao on Cinco de Mayo.

Should Oscar ever fight again, he's going for Trinidad on a June date or maybe Mosley.

Matthew says:

I can't believe anyone is actually talking about De La Hoya fighting again. Are you guys for real? That guy was a hollowed-out skeleton when he got pummeled by Pacquiao nearly five years ago. He has no business being anywhere near a ring unless it's as a spectator. I wish him well in his continued fight for sobriety (if in fact he did have a relapse), but it irritates me that he felt the need to issue a public statement less than a week before the most highly-publicized fight of the year. Just keep a low profile and try to get better. Let the fighters who are actually fighting have their moment.

amayseng says:

matthew,

its not that we are asking him to fight again thinking he is elite, i can just see it happening........

or could, the drug and alcohol addictions have probably cast that idea away

brownbomber says:

Oscar would sell his soul for for a dollar, and has. Growing up he was sponsored by Nissan of East LA and when the money came talking he conveniently switched to M Benz of Beverly Hills. If Big Money O thought he could still compete enough to sell a fight, them he'd be in the ring tomorrow. Oscar's problem is the love of money sponsored by his love of a word rhyming with Coltrain. He better hope his announcement of going to rehab doesn't F up his future deals with his current Golden Boy fighters. Riding the white train as O has been doing might make some of his fighters feel weary enough to jump ship across town.

The Shadow says:

Soul Train? I love me some Soul Train, too! Man, they need to bring that back!

And no, people will love someone who overcomes adversity. He will be fine. People hate those are successful where the struggle takes place in private.

People didn't really love Andre Agassi till he came from the dead to win a couple of Grand Slams. Same with Ali -- didn't love him till after they broke his jaw and he came back vs. Foreman.

The announcement proves my -- and your -- point! This will make him more, get more coverage and get more people hoping for Alvarez. Him going to rehab has probably gotten another thousand buys.

$75,000 - expenses is still some nice moolah.

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