Nationality: Mexican American
Birth Place: East Los Angeles, California, U.S (Feb 4, 1973)
Alias: The Golden Boy
Record: 39-6 (30 KOs)
Height: 5’10 (179 cm)
Reach: 73 in (185 cm)
Weight Class/Classes: Super featherweight, Lightweight, Light welterweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight, Middleweight
P4P Ranking: N/A
Oscar De La Hoya, affectionately known as “The Golden Boy,” began boxing very young and won a gold medal at the ’92 Olympics at the tender age of 19. He went on to win ten world titles in six different weight classes throughout the course of his career. Before retiring in 2009, De La Hoya was one of the most popular fighters in the sport’s history, earning hundreds of millions of dollars through pay-per-view and high profile fights.
Oscar De La Hoya was born on Feb 4, 1973, in Montebello, LA, California, to Mexican parents who had immigrated to the United States before he was born. In De La Hoya’s family, boxing was a common thread. In the 1940s, his grandpa was an amateur boxer, and his father boxed professionally in the 1960s. De La Hoya began boxing when he was six years old.
After the 1992 Olympics, De La Hoya turned pro. In his first pro fight since becoming pro he knocked out Lamar Williams in the first round in Inglewood, California, on November 23, 1992. He had an outstanding first year as a pro. Fast forward a couple years and he won his first professional title, the WBO junior lightweight championship on March 5, 1994, with a TKO of Jimmi Bredahl in the 10th round of the fight.
Despite De La Hoya’s prominence as boxing’s “Golden Boy,” some naysayers believed he had not faced enough high-quality opponents. The majority of these rumors were put to bed in June 1996, when De La Hoya faced Julio Cesar Chavez, an experienced and popular Mexican fighter who was the defending the WBC junior welterweight champion at the time.
De La Hoya had sparred with Chavez as an amateur and had been knocked out, but things were different this time. De La Hoya pounded fan favorite Chavez with punches, causing a cut over the champion’s eye before the bout was stopped in the fourth round and De La Hoya declared the winner.
De La Hoya defended his jr welterweight title successfully in Jan 1997. In April of that year, he moved up to the 147-pound weight class and won the WBC welterweight title in Las Vegas, defeating defending champion and 1984 Olympic gold winner Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whittaker, a pro champion in four weight classes. With the win, De La Hoya stamped his reputation as the p4p finest boxer in the world.
De La Hoya’s tenure as welterweight champion would last until Sep 18, 1999, when he met Felix Trinidad in one of the most anticipated battles in that decade. Trinidad handed De La Hoya his first L ever in a 12-round UD for the WBC welterweight belt as a record-breaking number of viewers watched the bout on PPV television. After a second loss to Sugar Shane Mosely in 2000, De La Hoya decided it was time to retire from fighting.
Come back and 2nd retirement
In March 2001, De La Hoya made his comeback, defeating Arturo Gatti in the fifth round of his first bout back. De La Hoya then overcame Javier Castillejo of Spain, the defending WBC super welterweight (154 pounds) champion, in 12 rounds on June 23 of that year to earn his fifth title in as many weight divisions, tying his idol, Sugar Ray Leonard. He was the youngest boxer in history to win five world titles at the age of 28.
However, not everything has gone smoothly for this boxing sensation. In 2004, he was defeated by Bernard Hopkins for the middleweight belt and absolutely dismantled by Manny Pacquiao in 2008. De La Hoya took a break from the ring to concentrate on other things. De La Hoya has been preparing for a post-boxing career. In 2006, De La Hoya expanded his company as a boxing promoter, which he had already established. He announced the formation of Golden Boy Partners, a new real estate company that will construct retail, commercial, and residential projects in metropolitan Latino communities.
On April 14, 2009, De La Hoya announced his retirement from boxing.
- Vs Julio César Chávez – June 7, 1996
- Vs Pernell Whitaker – April 12, 1997
- Vs Felix Trinidad – Sept 18, 1999
- Vs Shane Mosley – June 17, 2000
- Vs Fernando Vargas – Sept 14, 2002
- Vs Floyd Mayweather Jr. – May 5, 2007
CHAMPIONSHIP BELTS HELD
WBO lightweight champion, IBF junior lightweight champion, IBF lightweight champion, WBC super lightweight champion, WBC welterweight champion, WBC super welterweight champion, WBO Super Featherweight Champion, WBC Light Welterweight Champion, WBC Light Middleweight Champion, WBA Light Middleweight Champion, WBO Middleweight Champion
Awards & Recognition
- Named The Ring Fighter of the Year for 1995.
- Named the Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year for 1995.
- Named Best Boxer at the ESPY Awards in 1999 and 2006. 
- Named the 20th Greatest Lightweight of All-Time by The Ring in 2001.
- Named the 75th Best Fighter of the Last 80 Years in 2002 by The Ring.
- Named the 39th Greatest Boxer of All-Time in 2007 by ESPN.