Oscar De La Hoya was never short of surprises in the ring. His life out of the arena has been the same the American national always manages to evade trouble. Not anymore! The 38-year-old sports icon admitted in a recently organized press conference that he was guilty of infidelity and drug abuse.
De La Hoya shattered his image in front of his fans when he accepted rumors linking him to drugs and alcohol were actually true. The retired boxer also confided that he had cheated on his wife and he often had thoughts about committing suicide.
The fact that De La Hoya contemplated suicide shows how much trouble the former boxer has buried himself into. The American boxer talked to media with the help of a Spanish translator. He stated, “Rock bottom was recently. Within a couple of years, just thinking if my life was even worth it.” De La Hoya commented about his suicidal thoughts saying, “I don't have the strength, I don't have the courage to take my own life but I was thinking about it.”
De La Hoya retired from boxing on 14th April, 2009. In his lustrous career De La Hoya acquired 10 world titles in six divisions alongside various other silverwares. Near to the end of his career De La Hoya had to face a couple defaming allegations but the evidence against him was inconclusive. Although media went after him, De La Hoya managed narrow escape from the whole saga. Now De La Hoya informs he has been sober for 3 months.
“There were drugs. My drug of choice was cocaine and alcohol, hmm. Cocaine was recent. The last 2 years, last 2½ years and I depended more on the alcohol than the cocaine,” he said. De La Hoya continued, “It took me to a place where I felt safe. It took me to a place where I felt as if nobody can say anything to me. It took me to a place where I just can reach out and grab my mom.”
De La Hoya has a very close and emotional connection with his mother, Cecilia who died of breast cancer in 1990. De La Hoya had promised Cecilia he would win an Olympic gold medal for her. In the 1992 Barcelona Games he kept his word by clinching the gold medal in his category.
De La Hoya’s last title victory was against Ricardo Mayorga in May of 2006. He won the match after just 6 rounds acquiring the WBC 154-pound belt. De La Hoya ended his career with 39 wins and 6 losses. From his 39 victories 30 came from knockouts.