Oscar De La Hoya’s return has been a topic of discussion in the boxing world recently. De La Hoya has reportedly been mulling over the decision since it was announced “Iron” Mike Tyson would be making a comeback after years away from the ring. It is speculated that De La Hoya could be following in Tyson’s footsteps and make a highly anticipated return in 2021.
Several factors could impact De La Hoya’s success in a potential return. The first such factor would be his conditioning. He would have to show that he could overcome his lack of conditioning during his years away and last twelve rounds in a ring. He will benefit from seeing how well Tyson and Roy Jones, who is also making a comeback, fare in their fight in November. It will be telling if the two men are unable to make a successful comeback, as De La Hoya would potentially fall victim to the same fate.
“I’m not in fighting shape to go 12 rounds yet, but I’m sure I can get there. We’ll see.” Oscar De La Hoya
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While De La Hoya has hinted about a potential return in the past, it has never seemed as serious as it does now. He had previously always talked with a sense of ambiguity when on the topic, but he says it is different this time. He mentioned that, unlike Tyson and Jones, his comeback fight would not be for charity but instead be “a real fight.”
De La Hoya hopes fellow icon Floyd Mayweather will be his trainer if he plans to make a comeback. It remains to be seen whether Mayweather will agree to train the former champion, but he would surely be an invaluable asset to De La Hoya if he does agree to do so.
De La Hoya has said that he has preserved his reflexes by going to the gym frequently even in retirement. He has enough confidence in his abilities to state that he can “beat anyone that he will step in the ring with.”
"These guys are in it just for the money—that'll be the big difference. I will fight for the glory, and these guys only fight for the money. And guess what? The glory will always win." Oscar De La Hoya
De La Hoya believes modern-day fighters pale in comparison to those around two decades ago when De La Hoya was a star. He believes that their values are out of line, and they care more about making money than they do about anything else. He mentioned the fact that no one works as hard as he used to because there is not as much pressure to stand out in the industry.
“That's a huge advantage for me because I know what it takes to train hard, I know how to train smart. I know how to fight smart in the ring.” Oscar De La Hoya