Oscar De La Hoya

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Oscar De La Hoya
Oscar De La Hoya, Feb 2011.jpg
De La Hoya in 2011
Nickname(s)The Golden Boy
Height5 ft 10 12 in (179 cm)
Reach73 in (185 cm)
  • American
  • Mexican
Born (1973-02-04) February 4, 1973 (age 47)
East Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights45
Wins by KO30

Oscar De La Hoya (/dləˈhɔɪ.ə/; born February 4, 1973), is an American former professional boxer who, in 2002, also became a boxing promoter and, in 2018, a mixed martial arts (MMA) promoter. As a boxer, he competed from 1992 to 2008, winning 11 world titles in six weight classes, including the lineal championship in three weight classes.[1][2][3] He is ranked as the 13th best boxer of all time, pound for pound, by BoxRec.[4] De La Hoya was nicknamed "The Golden Boy of boxing" by the media when he represented the United States at the 1992 Summer Olympics where, shortly after having graduated from James A. Garfield High School, he won a gold medal in the lightweight division, and reportedly "set a sport back on its feet."[5]

De La Hoya was named The Ring magazine Fighter of the Year in 1995, and was its top-rated fighter in the world, pound for pound, in 1997 and 1998. De La Hoya generated approximately $700 million in pay-per-view income, making him the top pay-per-view earner before being surpassed by Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.[6] He announced his retirement as a fighter in 2009, following a professional career spanning 16 years.

In 2002, De La Hoya founded Golden Boy Promotions, a combat sport promotional firm that also owns a 25% stake in the Houston Dynamo. He is the first American of Mexican descent to own a national boxing promotional firm, and one of the few boxers to take on promotional responsibilities while still active.[7] In 2018, he began promoting MMA matches as well, beginning with a 2018 trilogy bout between long-time rivals Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz,[8] with the inaugural Golden Boy MMA event scheduled for November 24, 2018.[9]

De La Hoya has held dual American and Mexican citizenship since 2002, when the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles granted him Mexican citizenship, reflecting his heritage.[10]

Early life[edit]

His parents emigrated from Mexico to the United States prior to his birth. He was born in East Los Angeles, California into a boxing family; his grandfather, Vicente, was an amateur fighter during the 1940s, and his father, Joel Sr., had been a professional boxer during the 1960s. His brother, Joel Jr., was also a boxer.[11]

Amateur career[edit]

De La Hoya won the national Junior Olympics 119-pound title at age 15, After he lost a tournament in Whittier to Leon Hernandez from Santa Monica he won the 125-pound title the following year. His amateur career included 234 wins — 163 by knockout, and six losses. Of those six losses, two were to Shane Mosley.[12] In 1989, he won the National Golden Gloves title in the bantamweight division. In 1990, at age 17, he won the U.S. National Championship at featherweight and was the youngest U.S. boxer at that year's Goodwill Games, winning a gold medal. The joy of victory was tempered by the news that his mother, Cecilia Gonzales De La Hoya (November 22, 1950 – October 28, 1990), was terminally ill with breast cancer. She died that October, expressing the hope that her son would one day become an Olympic gold medalist.

As the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona approached, De La Hoya turned his mother's dream into a strong focus for his training. After an upset victory in the first round over the Mexican boxer Julio Gonzalez; De La Hoya defeated German boxer Marco Rudolph to win gold. Rudolph had been the only fighter to defeat him in the last several years, adding drama. The U.S. media publicized his quest to fulfill his mother's dying wish and nicknamed him, "The Golden Boy", which has remained with him throughout his career.[13][14][15] In 2000, the Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center was formally opened by De La Hoya and his siblings at the White Memorial Medical Center (WMMC), with a $350,000 donation from De La Hoya, in honor of their mother.[16][17]


2008 — United States Olympic Hall of Fame inductee.[19]

Professional career[edit]

Super featherweight[edit]

On November 23, 1992, De La Hoya made his professional debut by scoring a first-round TKO victory. In his twelfth professional fight, he won his first world title at age 20, stopping Jimmy Bredahl (16–0) in the tenth round to win the WBO super featherweight title.[20] He defended the title once, stopping Giorgio Campanella (20–0) in three rounds.


On July 29, 1994, he knocked out Jorge Páez (53–6–4) in the second round to win the vacant WBO Lightweight title. In his first title defense, he defeated John-John Molina (36–3), who had recently vacated his IBF Super Featherweight title, by unanimous decision.

De La Hoya vs. Ruelas unification[edit]

On May 6, 1995, De La Hoya defeated IBF lightweight champion Rafael Ruelas (43–1–0) in a unification bout. De La Hoya knocked Ruelas down twice before the fight was stopped in the second round. The IBF then ordered De La Hoya to defend against Miguel Julio.

He relinquished the IBF title and defended the WBO title against undefeated Genaro Hernández (32–0–1), who relinquished the WBA super-featherweight title to fight De La Hoya.[21] Hernandez quit after six rounds because of a broken nose. In his sixth and final defense of the WBO lightweight title, he knocked out Jesse James Leija (30–1–2) in two rounds at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Light welterweight[edit]

Chávez vs. De La Hoya[edit]

On June 7, 1996, Oscar De La Hoya fought Mexican legend Julio César Chávez (96–1–1) for the lineal and WBC light welterweight championship.[22] De la Hoya, with a record of 21–0 with 19 K.Os, defeated Chavez by a fourth-round TKO. The fight was stopped due to several bad cuts suffered by Chavez above his left eye. Until their rematch in 1998, Chávez stated that De La Hoya did not defeat him since the fight was stopped. De La Hoya successfully defended his titles with a twelve-round unanimous decision against undefeated former WBC Lightweight Champion and number one light welterweight contender Miguel Ángel González (41–0–0).


Whitaker vs. De La Hoya[edit]

In 1997, De La Hoya moved up to the welterweight division and fought Pernell Whitaker (40–1–1).[23] The fight proved to be a difficult one. Whitaker frustrated De La Hoya with his defense, and landed more overall shots than De La Hoya, but De La Hoya's power punches & aggression swayed the judges more in his favor. De La Hoya won a disputed twelve round unanimous decision to capture the lineal and WBC titles.[24] He also became the Ring Magazine's number one ranked pound-for-pound fighter.[25]

De La Hoya vs. Camacho[edit]

On September 13, 1997, De La Hoya defeated Héctor Camacho (63–3–1) by unanimous decision.

De La Hoya vs. Chavez II[edit]

On September 8, 1998, De La Hoya fought a rematch with Julio César Chávez (100–2–2) and defeated him by eighth-round TKO. In his next bout, he faced undefeated former WBA Welterweight Champion Ike Quartey (34–0–1) and won by a somewhat disputable split decision. De La Hoya was knocked down once in the fight, while Quartey was down twice.[26] He then defeated Oba Carr (48–2–1) by eleventh-round TKO.

De La Hoya vs. Trinidad unification[edit]

After seven defenses of his lineal and WBC welterweight titles, De La Hoya fought rival and IBF Champion Félix Trinidad (35–0) on September 18, 1999, in one of the biggest pay-per-view events in history, setting a record for a non-heavyweight fight. Oscar dominated the vast majority of the first nine rounds, staying just outside Trinidad's range while generating much success with his stiff jab and blitzing combinations. But in the last 2-3 rounds of the fight, heeding the strict instructions of his corner who felt that De La Hoya was way ahead on the scorecards, De La Hoya shut down much of his offense and evaded trading with Trinidad. De La Hoya virtually gave away the last couple of rounds. Though landing well over 100 more punches, Trinidad was ultimately awarded a majority decision. The judges scorecards came under question after the decision. Fans and boxing analysts called for a rematch, which never happened.

De La Hoya vs. Mosley[edit]

On February 26, 2000, De La Hoya knocked out Derrell Coley (34–1–2) in a WBC eliminator. The WBC awarded De La Hoya its welterweight title, which he lost to Shane Mosley (34–0) by a split decision on June 17, 2000. One judge scored the fight 115–113 for De La Hoya, and the other two scored it 116–112 and 115–113 for Mosley.

De La Hoya successfully sued Bob Arum in 2000 to break his contract with the promoter. The courts ruled in favor of De La Hoya in February 2001."[27]

De La Hoya defeated Arturo Gatti (33–4) by fifth-round TKO on March 24, 2001.

Light middleweight[edit]

He then moved up to light middleweight, challenging the lineal and WBC champion Javier Castillejo.[28] De La Hoya dominated the fight, winning almost every round and knocking Castillejo (51–4) down with ten seconds to go to win the title by a unanimous decision.

Rivalry with Fernando Vargas[edit]

De La Hoya did not fight for the 15 months and in this time the rivalry between him and WBA champion "Ferocious" Fernando Vargas (22–1) grew. They knew each other as amateurs and it is said the rivalry began when Vargas was angered by De La Hoya laughing at him after he fell into a snowbank. De La Hoya said he would never fight him. Eventually, however, De La Hoya accepted a match. The fight was scheduled for early 2002, but De La Hoya had to withdraw because of a hand injury.

The unification bout, labeled "Bad Blood," finally took place on September 14, 2002 at the Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip. The fight was even for the first six rounds, with Vargas landing punches on the ropes in the odd rounds, while De La Hoya outboxed him in the even rounds. De La Hoya took over the fight in the seventh round and hurt Vargas with a left hook in the tenth. In the next round, De La Hoya knocked Vargas down with a left hook and stopped him moments later. The win is widely considered to be the biggest of De La Hoya's career. Vargas tested positive for stanozolol after the fight.

De La Hoya vs. Mosley II[edit]

De La Hoya defended his unified title against Yori Boy Campas (80–5) with a routine seventh round stoppage then faced Shane Mosley (38–2) in a rematch. The fight, billed as "Retribution" and staged at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, was more of a boxing match than their first encounter, and while some rounds were close, De La Hoya's game plan utilizing his jab seemed to be paying off, leaving Mosley visually frustrated. It was De La Hoya who seemed to be landing the cleaner, more effective punches, and obliterated Mosley in Compubox, landing over 100 more. But judges apparently didn't see it that way awarding Mosley with the controversial unanimous decision. Mosley was later connected to the BALCO Labs steroid scandal. Jeff Novitzky, a lead investigator on the BALCO case, reported that documents seized from the lab show that Mosley received "the clear" and "the cream," both designer steroids. Mosley reportedly began his doping regimen prior to his rematch with Oscar De La Hoya.[29] Mosley would later admit to using performance-enhancing drugs from BALCO for this bout, saying he thought they were legal supplements.[30]


Sturm vs. De La Hoya[edit]

De la Hoya next challenged Felix Sturm (20–0) for the WBO middleweight title, on June 5, 2004, with the winner also getting a shot at the undisputed world middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins. De La Hoya was awarded a unanimous decision, becoming the first boxer in history to win world titles in six different weight divisions. All three judges scored the bout 115–113 in favor of De La Hoya. The decision was very controversial, far more so than his decision wins over Pernell Whitaker or Ike Quartey. Whereas the Whitaker and Quartey fights were considered close bouts that could have gone either way or been called a draw, general opinion was that De La Hoya lost to Sturm, with Compubox counting Sturm as landing 234 of 541 punches, while counting De La Hoya as landing 188 of 792.[31] There had been some rumblings throughout the boxing community that the decision was made to insure that De La Hoya would fight Hopkins in a mega-dollar fight that would've drawn more money than a Hopkins-Sturm matchup would.[32][33] Iain Darke of Sky Sports said the decision looked "tailor made" to set up De La Hoya versus Hopkins. "(De La Hoya) got the benefit of high charity," Darke said.[34] Sturm & his promotional team, Universum Box-Promotion, filed a protest with the Nevada State Athletic Commission over the decision, but it was to no avail, and the decision still stands today.[35]

De La Hoya vs. Hopkins[edit]

De La Hoya fought Bernard Hopkins (44–2–1) in a unification match on September 18, 2004 in Las Vegas. Hopkins held the WBC, WBA, and IBF middleweight titles, was recognized as lineal and The Ring champion, and was considered by many to be the number one pound for pound fighter in the world. Although the fight was at a catchweight of 158 pounds (72 kg), many thought De La Hoya was too small for the weight class and Hopkins was considered a heavy favorite.

Several days before the fight, De La Hoya's hand was cut when his wraps were being cut off after training, requiring eleven stitches to close. He and his corner both maintained it was not an issue going into the bout.

De La Hoya fought a tactical fight. After eight rounds, De La Hoya was ahead 77–75 on one scorecard and behind 78–74 and 79–73 on the other two. In the ninth round Hopkins threw a left hook towards De La Hoya's body, sending him crumbling to the canvas, where he was counted out. It was the first time in De La Hoya's career that he had been KO'd. De la Hoya later stated that he couldn't get up because the pain of a well-placed liver shot was unbearable. Despite losing, De La Hoya made over $30 million from the fight. Hopkins eventually became a minor shareholder in Golden Boy, and served as the east coast representative for the company.[36] Bob Arum claimed De La Hoya "quit."[37] Like Mosley, Hopkins would subsequently be represented by Golden Boy Promotions.[38]


De La Hoya vs. Mayorga[edit]

De La Hoya took a layoff of 20 months before signing to fight WBC light middleweight titleholder Ricardo Mayorga (27–5–1). In the buildup to the fight, Mayorga insulted everything from De La Hoya's sexuality to his wife and child,[39] but when they fought on May 6, 2006, De La Hoya knocked Mayorga down in the first minute of the fight with a left hook. He knocked him out in the sixth round to take his tenth world title.[39]

De La Hoya vs. Mayweather Jr.[edit]

In early 2007, De La Hoya signed to defend his title against WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (37–0–0). De La Hoya was a two to one underdog in the fight.

The fight took place on May 5, 2007 at a sold-out arena at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. De La Hoya pressed throughout, doing best when using his left jab. Mayweather controlled the later rounds and was awarded a split decision, with judge Chuck Giampi scoring the bout 116–112 for Mayweather, Jerry Roth 115–113 for Mayweather, and Tom Kaczmarcek 115–113 for De La Hoya. The Associated Press had it for Mayweather, 116–112.

Although Oscar chased Mayweather and threw many combinations en route to throwing over 100 more total punches, Mayweather landed at a higher rate; according to Compubox he connected on 207 of 481 punches thrown, De La Hoya on only 122 of 587.[40]

On May 3, 2008, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, De La Hoya fought Steve Forbes (33–5) in a tuneup for a possible rematch with Mayweather. De La Hoya showed a more relaxed style, throwing a constant jab and always staying on his toes.[41] He opened a cut near Forbes' eye in the sixth round, going on to win by unanimous decision in 12.`[42]

On June 6, 2008, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. announced his first of many subsequent retirements from boxing, effectively ending talk of a rematch.

De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao[edit]

De La Hoya in 2008

De La Hoya faced Manny Pacquiao (47–3–2) on December 6, 2008 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, Inc., the bout was a twelve-round, non-title fight at the 147-pound (67 kg) welterweight limit. Although Pacquiao went into the fight recognized as the leading pound for pound boxer in the world, some pundits speculated that 147 pounds could have been too far above his natural weight against the larger De La Hoya.[43] However, Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach was confident of a victory as he stated that De La Hoya could no longer "pull the trigger" at that stage of his career.[44] De La Hoya, who was favored to win the bout due to his size advantage, was expected to be the heavier of the two on fight night. However, though Pacquiao weighed 142 pounds (64 kg) and De La Hoya 145 pounds (66 kg) at the official weigh-in on Friday,[45] De La Hoya entered the ring at 147 pounds to Pacquiao's 148.5 pounds (67.4 kg).[46]

De La Hoya took a beating and his corner stopped the fight after the eighth round. Pacquiao was ahead on all three judges' scorecards before the stoppage, with two judges scoring the fight 80–71 and the other judge scoring it at 79–72.[47] After the bout, Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach stated, "We knew we had him after the first round. He had no legs, he was hesitant and he was shot."[48] Confirming Roach's pre-fight predictions that he'd grown too old, De La Hoya crossed the ring to Pacquiao's corner after the bout was stopped and told Roach, "You're right, Freddie. I don't have it anymore."[45] When asked by reporters whether he would continue fighting, De La Hoya responded, "My heart still wants to fight, that's for sure," De La Hoya said. "But when your physical doesn't respond, what can you do? I have to be smart and make sure I think about my future plans."


De La Hoya announced his retirement on April 14, 2009, ending any speculation about a potential fight with Julio César Chávez Jr., son of the former champion and Mexican icon Julio César Chávez, Sr..

Later in 2009, De La Hoya held an exhibition boxing fight versus basketball player Shaquille O'Neal as an episode of the television show Shaq Vs..

2020 presidential candidacy speculation[edit]

In September 2018, De La Hoya was reported to be "seriously considering a run for president of the United States."[49] In an interview, he informed TMZ that he was assembling an exploratory team to assess the viability of a candidacy, stating that, "If the numbers look right... I'm gonna go for it."[50]

Personal life[edit]

De La Hoya began dating actress and Miss USA 1995 titleholder Shanna Moakler in October 1997. Moakler and De La Hoya announced their engagement on October 1998.[51] Moakler gave birth to their daughter, Atiana Cecilia De La Hoya (born March 29, 1999). Moakler has said "it wasn't a planned pregnancy, but it was understood if it happened it was beautiful and if it didn't that was fine too."[52] In September 2000, the relationship abruptly ended when Moakler, who was at home watching the Latin Grammy Awards on television, saw De La Hoya escorting another woman to the show.[53] In December 2000, Moakler filed a $62.5 million palimony suit against her ex-fiancé, claiming he was an alcoholic, abusive to her and to their daughter, and that he used them "as props to promote his public image."[53] The case was settled out of court in 2001 for an undisclosed amount.[54] After the time of De La Hoya's split from Moakler, he had little contact with his daughter, although he continued to provide financial support.[52]

On October 5, 2001, De La Hoya married Millie Corretjer. They have three children together: a son, Oscar Gabriel De La Hoya (born December 29, 2005), and two daughters, Nina Lauren Ninette De La Hoya (born December 29, 2007) and Victoria Lauren Rose De La Hoya (born January 14, 2014).[55] He also has two other sons, Jacob De La Hoya (born February 18, 1998) and Devon De La Hoya (born November 30, 1998), from previous relationships.[56][57][58]

On December 12, 2002, the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles granted De La Hoya Mexican citizenship. De La Hoya stated: "I've always felt that my blood is Mexican."[10]

Business pursuits and projects[edit]

Oscar De La Hoya appears on the front covers of the PS3, Xbox 360 and PSP versions of EASports' Fight Night Round 3.[59]

In 2000, EMI International released Oscar De La Hoya. The self-titled CD is a Latin pop album with 13 tracks in both English and Spanish, written by Diane Warren and the Bee Gees, and was nominated for a Grammy.

In 2004, he debuted a line of casual, activewear-inspired apparel, through Mervyns department stores, and, that summer, hosted a boxing reality television series, The Next Great Champ, on Fox and Fox Sports Net.[60]

In 2005, Golden Boy Enterprises announced the formation of Golden Boy Partners, a company focused on urban development in Latino communities.[61]

In 2006, De La Hoya authorized a children's picture book titled Super Oscar,[62] published by Simon & Schuster and released in his name. The book was written by Mark Shulman and illustrated by illustrator Lisa Kopelke. The book tells the story of young Oscar as a daydreamer, who uses his great physical ability to prepare an elaborate picnic for his entire neighborhood in just fifteen minutes. Written in English and Spanish, the book received unanimously positive reviews from the publishing review journals, and was selected as the Best Bilingual Children's Picture Book at the 2007 Latino Book Awards.[63]

In September 2007, Sports and Entertainment Publications, LLC, a subsidiary of Golden Boy Enterprises, acquired The Ring, KO Magazine, and World Boxing Magazine from Kappa Publishing Group.[64]

On May 1, 2007, the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles announced that a 7-foot (2.1 m) bronze statue of Oscar De La Hoya would join similar tributes to Los Angeles sports stars Magic Johnson and Wayne Gretzky at the Staples Center.[65] The statue was unveiled on December 2, 2008.[66]

De La Hoya in 2010

In February 2008, Golden Boy acquired a 25% stake of Major League Soccer club Houston Dynamo, along with Brener International Group.[67]

De La Hoya started a charitable foundation to help educate underprivileged youth and, in 2008, donated $3.5 million to the De La Hoya Animo Charter High School.[68]

In June 2008, HarperCollins released De La Hoya's autobiography, American Son: My Story, written with author and Los Angeles Times sportswriter Steve Springer.[69]

In 2008, De La Hoya starred in a commercial alongside several Mexican boxing champions for the Pronosticos lottery in Mexico. The film, 300, inspired the commercial, which featured the Mexican champions battling giants and other large creatures.[70]

In early 2011, De La Hoya visited U.S. military personnel in Kuwait and Iraq under the auspices of the USO, holding boxing clinics and greeting the troops.[citation needed]

De La Hoya has spoken about his intention to run for President against Donald Trump in the 2020 election.[71]

In 1998, at age 25, he was accused of rape. Mexican authorities investigated, with no charges filed, and De La Hoya maintained his innocence. A lawsuit was then filed in San Bernardino, California County Superior Court, alleging that De La Hoya had raped the complainant, who was 15 at the time, in a hotel room in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in June 1996. The suit was heard, and was settled out of court in 2001.[72][73]

In 2007, photographs featuring a cross-dressed De La Hoya were posted on a tabloid website and received extensive publicity across the internet. De La Hoya denied the authenticity of the photos.[74] In September 2007, Mila Dravnel, the woman who sold the photographs, recanted her allegations against De La Hoya and denied the authenticity of the photographs.[75] In May 2008, Dravnel sued De La Hoya for slander, then dropped the lawsuit after experts suggested that the photographs had been digitally altered.[76] Nonetheless, during De La Hoya's August 2011 interview with Univision, he confirmed that it was indeed him in the leaked 2007 photos, attributing the aberration to poor judgement due to his first use of cocaine.[77]

Three months prior, De La Hoya had publicly acknowledged that he has a substance abuse problem, stating, "After doing an honest evaluation of myself, I recognize that there are certain issues that I need to work on. Like everyone, I have my flaws, and I do not want to be one of those people that is afraid to admit and address those flaws." He underwent treatment at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California for alcoholism.[78] In September 2013, just a few days before the Golden Boy promoted match of Floyd Mayweather vs. Saúl Álvarez, De La Hoya announced that he was returning to a drug and alcohol treatment facility.[79] In January 2017, De La Hoya was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Pasadena, California;[80] to which he pled not guilty, and charges were dismissed in 2018.[81] In 2019, during an investigation of an attempted extortion, he admitted to having used cocaine in early 2018.[82]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
45 fights 39 wins 6 losses
By knockout 30 2
By decision 9 4
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
45 Loss 39–6 Philippines Manny Pacquiao RTD 8 (12), 3:00 Dec 6, 2008 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
44 Win 39–5 United States Steve Forbes UD 12 May 3, 2008 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.
43 Loss 38–5 United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. SD 12 May 5, 2007 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBC light middleweight title
42 Win 38–4 Nicaragua Ricardo Mayorga TKO 6 (12), 1:25 May 6, 2006 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBC light middleweight title
41 Loss 37–4 United States Bernard Hopkins KO 9 (12), 1:38 Sep 18, 2004 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBO middleweight title;
For WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and The Ring middleweight titles
40 Win 37–3 Germany Felix Sturm UD 12 Jun 5, 2004 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBO middleweight title
39 Loss 36–3 United States Shane Mosley UD 12 Sep 13, 2003 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring light middleweight titles
38 Win 36–2 Mexico Yori Boy Campas TKO 7 (12), 2:54 May 3, 2003 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring light middleweight titles
37 Win 35–2 United States Fernando Vargas TKO 11 (12), 1:48 Sep 14, 2002 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC light middleweight title;
Won WBA (Super), IBA, and vacant The Ring light middleweight titles
36 Win 34–2 Spain Javier Castillejo UD 12 Jun 23, 2001 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBC light middleweight title
35 Win 33–2 Canada Arturo Gatti TKO 5 (12), 1:16 Mar 24, 2001 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
34 Loss 32–2 United States Shane Mosley SD 12 Jun 17, 2000 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Lost IBA welterweight title;
For vacant WBC welterweight title
33 Win 32–1 United States Derrell Coley KO 7 (12), 3:00 Feb 26, 2000 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Won vacant IBA welterweight title
32 Loss 31–1 Puerto Rico Félix Trinidad MD 12 Sep 18, 1999 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBC welterweight title;
For IBF welterweight title
31 Win 31–0 United States Oba Carr TKO 11 (12), 0:55 May 22, 1999 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC welterweight title
30 Win 30–0 Ghana Ike Quartey SD 12 Feb 13, 1999 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC welterweight title
29 Win 29–0 Mexico Julio César Chávez RTD 8 (12), 3:00 Sep 18, 1998 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC welterweight title
28 Win 28–0 France Patrick Charpentier TKO 3 (12), 1:56 Jun 13, 1998 United States Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas, U.S. Retained WBC welterweight title
27 Win 27–0 Puerto Rico Wilfredo Rivera TKO 8 (12), 2:48 Dec 6, 1997 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBC welterweight title
26 Win 26–0 Puerto Rico Hector Camacho UD 12 Sep 13, 1997 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC welterweight title
25 Win 25–0 Kenya David Kamau KO 2 (12), 2:54 Jun 14, 1997 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Retained WBC welterweight title
24 Win 24–0 United States Pernell Whitaker UD 12 Apr 12, 1997 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBC welterweight title
23 Win 23–0 Mexico Miguel Ángel González UD 12 Jan 18, 1997 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC light welterweight title
22 Win 22–0 Mexico Julio César Chávez TKO 4 (12), 2:37 Jun 7, 1996 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBC light welterweight title
21 Win 21–0 United States Darryl Tyson KO 2 (10), 2:38 Feb 29, 1996 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
20 Win 20–0 United States Jesse James Leija RTD 2 (12), 3:00 Dec 15, 1995 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBO lightweight title
19 Win 19–0 United States Genaro Hernández RTD 6 (12), 3:00 Sep 9, 1995 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO lightweight title
18 Win 18–0 United States Rafael Ruelas TKO 2 (12), 1:43 May 6, 1995 Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón, Puerto Rico Retained WBO lightweight title;
Won IBF lightweight title
17 Win 17–0 Puerto Rico John John Molina UD 12 Feb 18, 1995 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO lightweight title
16 Win 16–0 United States John Avila TKO 9 (12), 1:07 Dec 10, 1994 United States Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Retained WBO lightweight title
15 Win 15–0 United States Carl Griffith TKO 3 (12), 1:02 Nov 18, 1994 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO lightweight title
14 Win 14–0 Mexico Jorge Páez KO 2 (12), 0:39 Jul 29, 1994 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBO lightweight title
13 Win 13–0 Italy Giorgio Campanella TKO 3 (12), 2:22 May 27, 1994 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO junior lightweight title
12 Win 12–0 Denmark Jimmi Bredahl RTD 10 (12), 3:00 Mar 5, 1994 United States Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Won WBO junior lightweight title
11 Win 11–0 Mexico Narciso Valenzuela KO 1 (10), 2:25 Oct 30, 1993 United States America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Angelo Nunez RTD 4 (10), 3:00 Aug 27, 1993 United States Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 United States Renaldo Carter TKO 6 (10), 2:10 Aug 14, 1993 United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States Troy Dorsey RTD 1 (10), 3:00 Jun 7, 1993 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 El Salvador Frank Avelar TKO 4 (10), 2:00 May 8, 1993 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Mike Grable UD 8 Apr 6, 1993 United States Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, New York, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Jeff Mayweather TKO 4 (8), 1:35 Mar 13, 1993 Puerto Rico Arena Pier 10, San Juan, Puerto Rico
4 Win 4–0 United States Curtis Strong TKO 4 (6), 1:40 Feb 6, 1993 United States Sports Arena, San Diego, California, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Paris Alexander TKO 2 (6), 1:52 Jan 3, 1993 United States Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Clifford Hicks KO 1 (6), 1:17 Dec 12, 1992 United States America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Lamar Williams KO 1 (6), 2:12 Nov 23, 1992 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.

Titles in boxing[edit]

Major world titles[edit]

Minor world titles[edit]

  • IBA welterweight champion
  • IBA light middleweight champion

The Ring magazine titles[edit]

Lineal titles[edit]

  • Lineal light welterweight champion
  • Lineal welterweight champion
  • Lineal light middleweight champion[83]

Pay-per-view bouts[edit]

No. Date Fight Billing Buys Network
1 May 6, 1995 De La Hoya vs. Ruelas La Batalla 330,000[84] HBO
2 September 9, 1995 De La Hoya vs. Hernandez The Rivals 220,000[84] HBO
3 January 18, 1997 De La Hoya vs. Gonzalez For Pride and Country 345,000[84] HBO
4 April 12, 1997 Whitaker vs. De La Hoya Pound for Pound 720,000[84] HBO
5 September 13, 1997 De La Hoya vs. Camacho Opposites Attack 560,000[84] HBO
6 December 6, 1997 De La Hoya vs. Rivera Tital Wave 240,000[84] HBO
7 September 18, 1998 De La Hoya vs. Chavez II Ultimate Revenge 525,000[84] HBO
8 February 13, 1999 De La Hoya vs. Quartey The Challenge 570,000[84] HBO
9 September 18, 1999 De La Hoya vs. Trinidad Fight of the Millennium 1,400,000[84] HBO
10 June 17, 2000 De La Hoya vs. Mosley Destiny 590,000[84] HBO
11 June 23, 2001 De La Hoya vs. Castillejo The Quest 400,000[84] HBO
12 September 14, 2002 De La Hoya vs. Vargas Bad Blood 935,000[84] HBO
13 May 3, 2003 De La Hoya vs. Campas Night of Champions 350,000[84] HBO
14 September 13, 2003 De La Hoya vs. Mosley II Redemption 950,000[84] HBO
15 June 4, 2004 De La Hoya vs. Sturm Collision Course 380,000[84] HBO
16 September 18, 2004 De La Hoya vs. Hopkins History 1,000,000[84] HBO
17 May 6, 2006 De La Hoya vs. Mayorga Danger Zone 925,000[84] HBO
18 May 5, 2007 De La Hoya vs. Mayweather The World Awaits 2,400,000[84] HBO
19 December 6, 2008 De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao The Dream Match 1,250,000[85] HBO
Total sales 14,090,000

Total (approximate) revenue: $700,000,000[86]

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See also[edit]

American Son: My Story, by Oscar De La Hoya, with Steve Springer, HarperCollins via Google Books, 2008. Retrieved September 4, 2018.ISBN 978-0-06157310-1

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WBC light welterweight champion
June 7, 1996 – April 1997
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