Oscar De La Hoya is returning to the ring.
After years of teasing the possibility of a comeback, the Hall of Fame former six-division titlist is now prepared to make good on that promise. De La Hoya confirmed the news while making a cameo appearance during a Triller Fight Club press conference Friday afternoon in Las Vegas to otherwise discuss the April 17 Pay-Per-View show headlined by Jake Paul and Ben Askren.
“July 3, I’m making my comeback,” De La Hoya announced before literally dropping the microphone and walking off stage.
Details of the event—including a location and opponent—have yet to be revealed as this goes to publish, nor has it been determined whether it will be a sanctioned fight or an exhibition. The fight will headline a pre-4th of July PPV event as part of the Triller Fight Club series.
De La Hoya (39-6, 30KOs) has not fought since suffering a one-sided stoppage loss to Manny Pacquiao after eight rounds in their Dec. 2008 HBO Pay-Per-View headliner at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The setback put an end to one of the most storied careers of the last 30 years, with the fighting pride of East Los Angeles forced into retirement just shy of his 36th birthday.
The 1992 Olympic Gold medalist and six-division champ has since spent his time serving as one of the sport’s leading promoters, heading Golden Boy Promotions which he founded and currently serves as chairman. Still, the urge to return to the ring has repeatedly surfaced although his frequent claims of once again lacing ‘em up often falling on deaf ears.
Friday’s announcement caught many in the industry by surprise, even if De La Hoya himself has offered subtle hints. The ‘Golden Boy’ has kept himself in relatively decent shape, claiming to be somewhere around 175 pounds although undoubtedly trimming down by the time July rolls around.
De La Hoya claimed major titles at junior lightweight, lightweight, junior welterweight, welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight over the course of his storied 16-year career. His supreme skill set and camera-friendly looks aided in his becoming the biggest box-office attraction of all-time prior to his retirement in 2008, surpassed only by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in that time. The two participated in the highest-grossing boxing event in history at the time of their May 2007 clash, which Mayweather won by 12-round split decision.
De La Hoya has headlined 19 PPV events over the course of his career, generating more than 14,000,000 units sold and roughly $700,000,000 in PPV revenue.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox