Oscar De La Hoya has announced he is to miss the biggest boxing fight of the year as he re-enters rehab.
De La Hoya has attended rehab before for alcohol and cocaine addiction but according to the Daily Mail, he relapsed at the end of a long promotional tour for this weekend's super fight between undefeated light middleweights Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez.
A statement released today by De La Hoya said: "Canelo Alvarez and I have big fights coming up this weekend. His is in the ring and mine in treatment.
"I will not be at the fight this Saturday to cheer Canelo to victory since I have voluntarily admitted myself into a treatment facility.
"I explained this to Canelo and he understood that my health and long-term recovery from my disease must come first.
"Thank you for your understanding. I ask for your support and privacy during this difficult time for me and my family."
This weekend's fight is expected to break box office records and Mayweather is supposedly guaranteed to get $41.5 million from the bout regardless of the result.
Alvarez is the latest in a string of Golden Boy Promotions fighters to face off against Mayweather and although De La Hoya was hyping up Alvarez as the man who'll finally defeat Mayweather - he won't be there to see whether Alvarez can step up and fill the void as the face of Mexican boxing.
We wish De La Hoya all the best in his recovery.
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