Former boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya has admitted that he will not be making a comeback to the ring. Speaking to ESPN.com, the former six-weight world champion declared that the chances of him making a return to the ring were "50-50" and that he wanted to return to fight either Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Gennady Golovkin.
The head of Golden Boy Promotions was warned by former British boxer Ricky Hatton against the idea and it seems De La Hoya has taken on board the advice of his peers. De La Hoya who has been retired since 2009 will remain so and the speculation can be laid to rest.
A statement from De La Hoya said: "Over the last six months I've had a front row seat as Golden Boy fighters including Canelo Alvarez, Bernard Hopkins, Lucas Matthysse, Jorge Linares and David Lemieux have stepped into the ring and shown what boxing should be all about - a commitment to fight the best, to respect the sport and to put the fans first."
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"As a professional athlete and someone who has spent almost his entire life in boxing, not a day goes by when I don't think about coming back - and the performances of these Golden Boy fighters has only added to my desire to return to the ring."
De La Hoya received lots of encouragement from fans about the idea of a comeback however after speaking with his family he has decided against it. He said, "To the many thousands of fans who over the last couple of weeks encouraged me to come out of retirement and fight again, I thank you," De La Hoya said.
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"You can rest assured that I will spend the rest of my days around this wonderful sport, even though those days won't be spent inside the ropes."
Now 42-years-old, De La Hoya who was one of the most popular figures to ever step foot in the ring was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame last year.
As a much loved star of the ring and with a fantastic record of 39 wins and 6 losses with 30 wins as KO's, De La Hoya's fans may feel relieved that he will not be stepping into the ring with the two opponents he stated he would potentially want to fight.
Gennady Golovkin, the Ukrainian, is right now one of the most devastating boxers in the world and is dominating the middleweight division. He is currently undefeated as a professional and is the WBA and IBO champion. For De La Hoya who has been out of the game for so long to return against such a devastating opponent arguably would not have being wise.
De La Hoya has stated that although it was a difficult decision to make. ultimately it is the right one. He will remain as the president of Golden Boy Promotions and oversee the rise of some of boxing's newest and most exciting talents.