Oscar De La Hoya has made his ring achievements irrelevant and says he doesn’t want to be remembered for them.
De La Hoya believes his legacy will not be his boxing accomplishments as the Golden Boy promoter struggles outside the ring.
The ex-fighter sometimes finds himself ridiculed for his late-night social media rants or past behavior. The results have left a sour taste in the eleven-time world champion’s mouth.
In a recent interview, De La Hoya opened up on his life, legacy, and loves after calling off a possible comeback to ring during the pandemic.
The boxing legend was asked: “Did you have a person who told you the way it was, the way it should be, the way it would be easier for you, that you didn’t get rid of or that your team didn’t extricate from the equation?
“I never had it. I never had it until now, until recently,” De La Hoya told Sirius XM’s Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa.
Asking further, Ripa added: “And who’s recently in your corner that tells you how it is?”
Oscar De La Hoya’s legacy
“My girlfriend, Holly. I finally found my best friend. I just never knew that there was somebody out there for me who could be so loving and compassionate, but yet firm and know what they want.
“I’m 50 years old. You know, there comes a time when I always ask myself, “When can I just be at peace? When can I find that person?”
“The one thing that I’ve learned, Kelly, is that all my belts, my gold medal including, all those trophies, like sure, it’s a great legacy.
“People looking outside in, it’s like, “My gosh, you’re so accomplished.” But my legacy, Kelly, will be the relationship I nurture, care for, and love with Holly.
“I adore because when I’m 85, I tell her, look into her eyes, and tell her, “We did it. We made it,” that’s going to be my legacy. That’s what I want for my life.
Asked if his legacy is also his children concerning them, De La Hoya responded: “Absolutely. I mean, they’re my kids forever. I love them to death, but they’re their own person.
“They’re young adults. They’re kids who will live their own lives and make their own mistakes. I will always be here to give them advice.
“I will always be here to love them, hug them, and tell them I will always be here.”