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Obviously, people see me as a championÖ what I was, was a gold medalist, a family man.
What do you like remembering the most of your boxing career?
The Olympics is what I like to remember the most. The fact that I dedicated it to my mother, may she rest in peace, was a dream come true.
That medal was the start of it all, in terms of boxing and emotionally. It made me a positive person for the community, for people.
And what point of your life do you least like to remember?
My motherís death. That death was the hardest thing Iíve ever gone through.
[His mother, Cecilia, died from breast cancer when Oscar was 17Ö Ever since, he has dedicated all his fights to her, his No. 1 fan.]
She was a fan until the bitter end and now I remember the many fights she went to where sheís screaming, and not screaming, telling me, "take care" or
"cover your face," sheís screaming, "hit him, knock him out Ö" [laughs] She was a mother with a strong character, but very loving, and she supported me 100 percent.
[In 2001, de la Hoya founded Golden Boy Promotions, becoming the first Hispanic American to own a boxer promotions company and opening doors for other young men.]
To me, itís very important to follow that tradition and try to find those champions, role models for the next generation.
Would you go back to the ring?
No, never!
Why not?
I love the sport, I love the sport very much, but physically and mentally, I canít do it.
[In what was one of the most anticipated fights in his career, in December of 2008, de la Hoya faced off with the man who up until then had been his last challenger.]
The last fight I had with Manny Pacquiao was like a sign given to me, "Look, itís time to retire. Your body, your mind are no longer in this Ö"
[Pacquiao beat the ìGolden Boyî with a technical KO at the beginning of the ninth round,
when de la Hoya decided not to return to the ring. After that defeat, the 36-year-old boxer put the gloves aside.]
It was a very hard life, a life with many sacrifices, a lot of work and a lot of responsibility,
a lot of pressure, and I think that I was unable to manage that life on many occasions.
What goals did you have when you retired in 2009?
A healthy, clean life, no problems, having a beautiful family, a satisfying life and, obviously, retiring like a champion. That is what I wanted.
Do you think losing that match affected you?
It didnít affect me at allÖ I was already affected. I was already in a different world.
It was my secret. I felt very powerful being alone, being alone, by myself, drinking and doing bad things.
I felt very powerful, but at the same time, I was crying and feeling lonely.
Because perhaps a part of you realized it?
I realized it. I have very good values, I come from a very good family, I realized it, but this addiction, this ìmonsterî as we call it, took over me.
[And with those words, for the first time, the world-boxing champion admits publicly for the first time that he had hit rock bottom and had to seek urgent help.]
Oscar, last May you entered a rehab center voluntarily, what led you to do that?
Well, where do I start? First, I want to tell you, and nobody knows this, that I started drinking at nineÖ
And why so young?
You know that sometimes there are parties that families organizeÖ you go to your uncleís house, to your cousinsí, and the men hang out with the men in the backyard,
the women are in the kitchen ñ which was typical ñ ìLetís ask Oscarito to go get us a beer from the kitchenî and, well, obviously, I went, opened it, tried a bitÖ
my uncles, nobody said anything, it was a sip, there was nothing wrong with that,
and after going 20, 30 times to that refrigerator, well I was alreadyÖ Nine years old, imagine that.
[And he remembers how his mother reprimanded him when she saw him inebriated one day.]
I thought my mom was going to give me a hug, a ìson, are you okay?î but of course, she slapped me, she scolded me with a, ìWhat are you doing?î
She hit me and I thought it was going to be the last time, but it wasnít, and it went on for many years.
I started to like it. And it wasnít that I liked it, but that I needed it.
Since I was an athlete who was already boxing, it wasnít like Iíd drink every day.
Once a month, whenever I could, and I could hide it, and that was what my life was like for many years.
Do you think you sought alcohol because there was something missing in your lifeÖ Were you missing something?
There was a void, obviously. A void that was eating me up inside, and it is the affection, the love a son needs, that a boy needs, from his parents, from his mother.
[Oscar recognizes that he never recovered from the loss of his mother. It was such a blow that alcohol became a balm for his wounds,
robbing him, according to him, of five years as professional boxer.]
Often Iíd cancel fights. Sometimes Iíd pretend to be hurt so I wouldnít have to fight because I was partying, because I needed it. That is what I wantedÖ
Iíd sometimes drink a little tequila to settle the nerves before a fight. You canít be the greatest athlete in the world doing that kind of thing.
You canít do that. This addiction ruined my life.
In addition to alcohol, are you addicted to drugs?
Let me tell you thatÖ.
I would hide to do those things. Nobody knew a thing. I never did it in front of my friends, in front of my family, in front of anybody. That was my secret...
[Oscar De La Hoya, the so-called ìGolden Boyî of boxing, confessed during our exclusive interview that heís been an alcoholic since he was a child.]
Did you drink every day?
Not every day, because, you see, to run a business, to try to be a father, to try to be a husband,
it was work I was fed up with, tired of, I was already exhausted, and to go on with the lies.
Partying day in and day out, being with friends, coming home at 3:00, 4:00 in the morning and try to go running at 5:00, 6:00 in the morning and not sleepingÖ
You canít function like that and so, at 22, 23 you can do it because you are young, your body can handle it,
but now, after 32, I was already noticing a change in my physical condition.
Due to the alcohol and drugs also, Oscar?
Yes, I was involved in drugs, not my whole life, not my whole careerÖ this happened two years ago. I almost diedÖ This addiction is so strongÖ
To cocaine?
Yes, cocaine, yes, partying, the alleged friends. It was a very bad life, a life in which I didnít want to think about a thing,
I didnít want to think about my children, my friends, I didnít want to think about my wifeÖ I just wanted to party, be addicted.
Did you also try marijuana?
Other drugs?
No other drugsÖ just cocaine and alcohol.
[And according to the young promoter and former boxer, his need for both was so strong, that he didnít mind consuming them anywhere and anytime of the dayÖ
It was a habit that landed him in the emergency room of an LA hospital in 2009.]
Was it a cocaine overdose?
Yes, for alcohol, not sleeping, until yes, I ended up at the hospitalÖ
What did they tell you when you arrived at the hospital?
You know? They didnít say a thing to me. [They asked] ìAre you tired?î I know they were covering it up.
At that time I was not going to say a thing, Iíd react like, ìGive me some medicine to recover and keep going.î