|Sometimes you just need to think things over|
On the occasions that I've actually spoken with Oscar De La Hoya, he's struck me as a serious person. Pleasant? Yes. Polite? Sure. But certainly a man with business on his mind, that being the business of promoting his Golden Boy Promotions to fight writers such as myself.
That's why I was a bit disheartened to learn recently that De La Hoya, an all time great of the sport of boxing, was planning on making a ring comeback. The whole thing simply didn't seem to jibe with the man I saw trying to stay sober and working hard to navigate Golden Boy Promotions through the Haymon era of boxing.
Needless to say, I'm now happy to read that De La Hoya has decided it's better to stay behind the scenes and in front of the cameras than it is to fight again. Ask yourself this - how many over the hill boxers have come back successfully? There's George Foreman, and...
The point is you can never say never when it comes to this sort of thing, but it's hard to imagine De La Hoya finding any kind of success similar to the type he had in his prime. On top of that, it's hard to erase the image of De La Hoya getting beaten senselessly by a human lawnmower named Manny Pacquiao.
De La Hoya is wise to stay right where he is. His talents are now far more needed outside the ring than inside it.