Oscar de la Hoya confirms he will return to the ring in July for the first time in 13 YEARS… but the Golden Boy, 48, is left red-faced as he drops the mic after revealing news to Snoop Dog before discovering it was broken!
- Oscar de la Hoya revealed he will be making his boxing comeback on July 3
- The Golden Boy has teased a return for some time since retiring back in 2008
- He spoke with Snoop Dog at the Jake Paul vs Ben Askren press conference
- But his announcement didn’t go to plan as his microphone was faulty
- De la Hoya dropped the mic before walking off after revealing his news
Oscar de la Hoya finally revealed he will be making a comeback to boxing on July 3 – but his announcement didn’t go to plan after fans struggled to hear him while he spoke into a faulty microphone.
The 48-year-old, a world champion in six weight divisions, has not fought for 13 years since being brutally stopped by Manny Pacquiao in 2008, but will be picking up his gloves again this summer against an unknown opponent.
The Golden Boy had appeared on stage with rapper Snoop Dog at a press conference for Jake Paul’s fight against Ben Askren, with the 48-year-old asked if he had any news to share.
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Oscar De la Hoya announed his boxing comeback on Friday night alongside rapper Snoop Dog
But the big reveal didn’t quite go to plan as his mic was broken and his voice left muffled
He quietly told fans he would be back on July 3rd before dropping his mic and walking away
Snoop Dog asks De La Hoya ‘what are you in town for?’ before telling him ‘I feel like there’s something missing. I keep seeing you in the ring but I don’t see you in the ring. Talk to me.’
His reponse is muffled and nearly inaudible, before he can faintly be heard saying: ‘July 3rd, I’m making my comeback’, before dropping his mic and walking away.
Snoop Dog later reiterates to the fans in the crowd what De la Hoya had just announced – with the former boxer seemingly unaware of the technical issue.
The Golden Boy has made a successful career as a promoter since retiring back in 2008
De la Hoya finished with a fight record of 36 victories – 30 by way of knockout – and six losses. In December he stoked the fires around a possible return by admitting he would love to take on former opponent Floyd Mayweather in a rematch after losing to ‘Money’ in a split decision in 2007.
Now a successful promoter and managing top fighters such as Ryan Garcia under his Golden Boy promotions banner, he said a boxing comeback would be ‘intriguing’.
‘I’ve always prided myself in fighting the very best, and why go after the second-best?’ De La Hoya said on Fight Hub TV.
His last fight was a brutal stoppage defeat against Manny Pacquio at the MGM in Las Vegas
He has teased the possibility of a rematch against his former opponent Floyd Mayweather (L)
He also teased a possible clash against feared knockout artist Gennady Golovkin, saying it would be ‘easy’ to defeat the Kazakhstanian, who chillingly responded: ‘If I got an opportunity to legally kill a person in the ring, I might seize it.’
‘Why not go after the guy that beat [Canelo]? Why not go after [Floyd] Mayweather, for instance, in a revenge fight? That’s something that’s very intriguing. We’ll see how I feel, and then we’ll take it from there.’
Mike Tyson’s successful return to the ring in an exhibition match with Roy Jones Jr has set the precedent for former fighters to make money spinning comebacks – with Evander Holyfield admitting he could be tempted to get back to the sport.