De La Hoya enshrined into Boxing Hall of Fame
- Updated: June 8, 2014
Oscar De La Hoya’s historic career was given the ultimate honor today as he was finally inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY.
Over the span of a 16-year career, “The Golden Boy” won 10 world titles in six different weight classes, generated $696 million in pay-per-view money and won a gold medal as an amateur in the 1992 Olympics, just to name a few of his accolades. As usual, De La Hoya was humble in his speech.
“Today marks an incredible personal achievement,” De La Hoya said. “But it is only the latest milestone that never would have been possible without my family, my friends and, most of all, my fans.”
De La Hoya, who was inducted alongside Joe Calzaghe and fellow rival Felix Trinidad, made a donation to the Hall of Fame in honor of its 50th anniversary.
“Not only are all the legends of our sport honored inside the Hall of Fame, the people of Canastota are so knowledgeable and passionate about boxing,” De La Hoya said. “It was my pleasure to play a small part in maintaining the building and grounds in this wonderful part of the country.”
During his speech, De La Hoya also pushed his desire to end boxing’s current promotional cold war. He reiterated his commitment to providing the fans with the best fights that could possibly made in the sport.
“We must put aside the egos that have damaged our brand and sullied our reputation,” De La Hoya said. “We, the promoters, must stop carrying petty grudges that serve no purpose but to divide our sport. And most important, we must give the fans the fights that they want.”