Oscar De La Hoya has acknowledged “having a couple drinks” before joining the commentating team for Triller Fight Club’s pay-per-view show Saturday night in Atlanta.
“The Golden Boy” often spoke loudly and made some outlandish comments during the Steve Cunningham-Frank Mir fight on the Jake Paul-Ben Askren undercard at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. His unusual appearance immediately became the subject of ridicule and concern on social media, so much that De La Hoya addressed it during an interview Tuesday on the new “DAZN Boxing Show.”
De La Hoya apologized for Saturday’s spectacle and assured co-hosts Barak Bess and Akin Reyes that he is back to training for his July 3 fight against an undetermined opponent.
“I’ve been in beast mode for about six weeks, right? And I got a little into it,” De La Hoya explained. “You know, I started having a couple drinks. And then they told me, ‘Why don’t you go and commentate?’ And I was like, ‘Oh, man! OK. OK.’ I got a little over carried away. And I apologize. But it’s all good. It’s all good. I’m back in beast mode. I’m ready to go and I mean, as you know, I’ve been posting pictures and videos of me training. So, I’m gonna continue that. So, it’s on, baby.”
The 48-year-old De La Hoya’s struggles with alcohol and substance abuse are well documented.
The long-retired six-division champion hasn’t fought since Manny Pacquiao dominated him in their welterweight fight in December 2008 in Las Vegas. But after discussing a comeback for many years, the International Boxing Hall-of-Famer has committed to returning to the ring in a Triller Fight Club pay-per-view event in a little more than two months.
Former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez has said he has seriously discussed boxing De La Hoya in an exhibition July 3. The 1992 Olympic gold medalist informed Bess and Reyes that he hasn’t secured an opponent.
“You know what? I’ll tell you one thing – look, all my career, all my life, I’ve been chasing the best,” De La Hoya said. “I love fighting the best and this is gonna be no exception. I don’t know yet. I don’t know yet. I mean, I have an idea, but we’re not locked and loaded yet. We’re very close in locking somebody in. But let’s just say everybody, the world will be shocked. People are gonna say, ‘Oh, sh!t! Oscar’s gonna get smashed. He’s gonna get smashed.’ Watch.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.