Jorge Paez was an entertainer in a circus his grandmother owned in Mexicali Baja California. The circus was in its ruins deteriorating so he began boxing as a way to raise money in order to save the circus. Trainers noticed his talent as well as his circus clown like style in the ring. He had natural talent. He fought and beat world champion Calvin Grove bringing the title to his homeland in Mexico. Paez never did a single sit up or workout routine. He would just hit the heavy bag for a minute or so in the gym and quickly jump in the ring to do what he did best... which was spar and clown around.
Word quickly circulated he was paid an undisclosed amount of money to take a dive in the delahoya fight because he was considered a dangerous oponent for Oscar Dela Hoya even though Jorge Paez was on his way out. Delahoya could have beaten an old Paez but he was still a threat to Oscar so he took the loss instead. He had nothing to lose.