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De La Hoya: We Must Put Grudges Aside, Make The Fights

(CANASTOTA, NY): Capping a legendary athletic career that included 10 titles at six different weight divisions; a gold medal and dozens of championship fights, International “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame today in Canastota, NY.

“Today marks an incredible personal achievement, 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 said during the ceremony.

De La Hoya, 41, went into the Hall of Fame as part of an All Star class that included rival Felix “Tito” Trinidad and undefeated Super Middleweight World Champion, Joe Calzaghe.

Hours before the official induction ceremony, De La Hoya announced a $50,000 donation to the International Boxing Hall of Fame to mark the landmark’s 25th 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, it was my pleasure to play a small part in maintaining the building and grounds in this wonderful part of the country.”

De La Hoya touched on numerous topics during his speech including the familial nature of boxing, his legendary matches with a cadre of superstars and the future of the sport.

“We must put aside the egos that have damaged our brand and sullied our reputation. 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,” De La Hoya said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bigg Rigg on 06-09-2014

Exactly what needs to happen!! Floyd though ain't with it cuz he knows Pacquiao is still after that ass. So he decided not to do business with GB.

Comment by Nomadic on 06-09-2014

Put the grudges aside and start cutting out these paper champs that always scream "If the money is right" for an excuse not to fight there adversary.

Comment by The Fan on 06-09-2014

Oscar should team up with Trinidad and Calzghe nd try to make something happen. That's some star power!

Comment by pugil1st on 06-09-2014

[QUOTE=BHopp;14645069]Agree with Oscar 100 percent. right on! he never ducked[/QUOTE] Too bad the Real Bhop don't agree with you fake BHopp. He's thinking about leaving too.

Comment by racostaa on 06-09-2014

Agree. Lets see Santa Cruz vs Rigo

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