Golden Boy Steps out of the Limelight

With his gleaming fluoride smile and billion-dollar business interests, Oscar De La Hoya is far removed from the image of grizzled Mexican road warriors who have sustained that fighting nation's fistic heritage. The face-first fury of legends like Pipino Cuevas, Ruben Olivares and Julio Cesar Chavez created an insatiable requirement amongst Hispanic boxing supporters for blood and guts to go with their glory. To those weaned on such uncompromising styles, De La Hoya was anathema: a fighter who refused to surrender to their appetite for bloodlust; who put his face and his finances first and left the rest to paint their looks across the canvas. "They like fighters, not boxers," said De La Hoya's former trainer, the respected Freddie Roach, as Roach was preparing the Filipino firebrand Manny Pacquiao to end the in-ring career of the 'Golden Boy' in Las Vegas last year. READ FULL STORY
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