You’ve Got To Know When To Hold ’em And Know When To Fold ’em ………………

 

 

 

You’ve  Got  To Know  When  To  Hold ‘em  And Know  When To  Fold ‘em ……

 

 

 

 

Well  the  distinguished and  illustrious   boxing  career  of Oscar De La Hoya  has come  to an  end.   The  boxer  himself  made the  announcement  at  2pm  yesterday  after  talking it  over with his wife  and   associates  within  his   Golden  Boy Promotions’ Inc  organization.    It  shouldn’t   really   come  as a  complete  surprise  at  this   juncture.  But I   doubt that  this  announcement   will    mean  a  complete   retirement   from the  sport  that  he’s  graced  for  the  better  part  of  sixteen  years. 

 

 

Oscar  De La Hoya  hugs his father  Joel   having  just  made  the  announcement  of  his retirement  from the  sport of boxing.
Oscar De La Hoya hugs his father Joel having just made the announcement that he's retiring from the sport of boxing. picture appears courtesy of getty images/Kevork Djansezian ......................

 

 

 

 

All  too  often   we’ve   seen   De La Hoya   step   away  from  the  ring  for a  prolonged  period of  his  own  determination  and  decision.  Having   either   succumbed  to  defeat  or   an  unprecedented win.  However   in   terms   of  the  latter they’ve  been  and   far between.   In  his last  seven    bouts  prior  to  this   announcement    Oscar   had  lost   four   of   those    fights.   Though  his  victors   weren’t  some   none  descript  fighters  by  any   stretch of the  imagination.   Some  of those  fighters  were   amongst   the  very   best  to have   boxed  in  the   various   weight   categories   over  the  past  decade.  Including  Bernard  Hopkins,  Shane  Mosley  , Manny Pacquaio and  Floyd  Mayweather Jr,   all  of  whom  prevailed   in  defeating  De La  Hoya  and  adding  to  their  fame. 

 

 

De La  Hoya  and  his  wife  singer  Mille Corretjer  after the  announcement of his retirement  from  the  sport.
De La Hoya and his wife ,singer Millie Corretjer outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Where the announcement of his retirement was made. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Kevork Djansezian..........

  

 

 

And  though  it  can  be  said  that  Oscar   had  distinguished   himself    by   taking on  allcomers   over   the   course  of   his  career.   It can  be  said   that  many  of  those   bouts  he  fought   in  some  cases  were   against   fighters who’d   past  their    prime.  Nowhere  was  this  more   self    evident  than  when   he   fought   Julio  Cesar Chavez.  Chavez  himself  was   on  the downside of  an   illustrious   career and   if  anything   he  may  well   felt  with   Mexican  pride and  heritage  on the  line.  He  wanted    to  make it  his  task   of  defeating  a young   upstart   like   De  La Hoya.  Oscar   was  never  really  accepted   by   the  Mexican  American   community   in Los Angeles,  as   it was felt  from  the  time  he  was in the  amateur   ranks   he  merely  wanted  to associate  himself  with   those  whom  he   felt   could   further  his  career  the most. 

 

De La  Hoya  at the dais  formally makes the   announcement  of  his  impending  retirement  from the  sport before  the  convened  press at  the  Staples Center   in Los  Angeles California.
De La Hoya standing at the dais formally makes the announcement of his retirement from the sport of boxing. De La Hoya will still be formally involved in the sport but from the business side in the promotional aspect. Promoting his stable of fighters as well being involved in the MMA field. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Kevork Djansezian ...............

 

  

 

In  time  he   would  win   over the   allegiance  of  that  particular   community   with  his  efforts   in  and   outside the  ring.  And  it  has  to  be  said   his  support   within  that   community    has  never  really  waned   once  it  was established.     The  fans  would  come  out in droves to show their  support.   But during   his   rise  to the  upper  echelons  of the  sport  that wasn’t   the  case   at  first. 

 

De La Hoya is   unable  to  defend   himself  in  his  bout against  Manny  Pacquaio ......
De La Hoya seen here is unable to defend himself in his bout against Manny Pacquiao. De La Hoya would lose the bout to the Filipino fighter in a TKO. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Richard Ward ..........

 

 

 

 

During   De La  Hoya’s   heyday   in  the  sport   it can  be  said    that  without  a   doubt  he  was  the  biggest   draw  in  the sport.   As the  unequivocal   circus  act  and   tragedy    of  Mike  Tyson   began  and  then   all   too  suddenly   erupted   in  self   destruction  and   the  unwelcomed attention  of  law   enforcement    amongst  other  things. It   has   to be  said   that  both    fighters  were   the  main   reasons  to  seek  out   a fight   when  it  was  being   televised  be  it   via  PPV  or  on  the  broadcast  networks  during  the  infancy  of their careers.    They  carried  the   sport  to   its   forefront  of   the  early   and  late  nineties.   And   between  them    they   garnered   well  in   excess  of   $1.3bn   in   revenues   for   the  PPV outfits    who  carried their   bouts   as  their    careers. 

 

 

Evander Holyfield   becomes  the  appetizer   for Mike   Tyson  during  their  much  heralded  bout.
Evander Holyfield becomes the appetizer for Mike Tyson during their much heralded bout. Referee Mills Lane tries to intervene. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo / Kevin Reed ...............

 

 

 

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Pacquaio and  De La  Hoya  in  the  center of  the  ring   during  their   bout.
De La Hoya and Pacquiao in the center of the ring during their bout. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Kevin Egan ..................

  

 

Tyson   for his  part   now  lives   not  quite  in  abject   poverty   having   declared   bankruptcy.  But what  can   you   say about a  professional  athlete   who    over  the   course  of   his  career  has  earned   in  excess  of  $550m    and   has  nothing  to  show   for  it   whatsoever  ?    His  title belts   have   been   auctioned   off  to   pay   off  many  of  his   numerous  debts.  And  at  the same   time   he’s paying   child   support    for    a  number  of  children   he’d   fathered   in  and   out  of  wedlock.   Suffice  to  say  that  he’s  become   the  caricature  of    the  beast   he’d   often  portrayed  in  the   ring. 

 

 

 

De La  Hoya   and  Hopkins   go  toe   to  toe  against  each  other.
De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins go toe to toe against each other. Hopkins would prevail winning the fight. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Tom Donaldson ...............

 

 

 

 

De  La  Hoya  himself   no   pristine   angel  has   suffered   with  his    own   demons.  But it   can  be  said  in  comparison  to  those   of  Tyson’s  ,  they’re   immeasurably   smaller  by  far.   With   his   vast   business  interests   stemming   from   his  ownership   of  boxing   promotion  company  Golden  Boy Promotions  Inc  to   his  interests  in   several  Spanish   language  news   publications   and the   money   earned   from  his   years  in the  ring. One  could   say  that   De  La  Hoya   has  done   very  well   for   himself.    And   if   the estimates as   to   his  wealth  are  anything  to   go  by,   then   he  has  enough   money   to  last   him   several   lifetimes . 

 

 

De La  Hoya  and  Felix  Trinidad square  off  in the  WBC /IBF welterweight  title  fight   from  September   1999.
De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad square off in their WBC/IBF welterweight title bout from September 1999. picture appears courtesy of si.com/ Phil Neal ......................

 

   

The yearning   for   De La  Hoya   to continue to  fight  was  considerable.   Merely   because   there   were  no  other  viable  personalities   who  are  as  big  a  draw.  Mayweather Jr   retired    but  if  anything   we   all   know  that  he  could  be   persuaded  to   return   to the  ring   for  the  right   price.  Unfortunately   however  with   his   ego   and  odious   behavior .  He  hasn’t   been  viewed  as  the   heir  apparent   to De  La Hoya  in  taking  over  the mantel    of  taking   the  sport   to  the  next  level.   And  with    Pacquaio    now  considered  the   brightest    star  in   the  pantheon  of the  sport.   His  marketability   is considered  as  being   very    tough  as   his  command of  the  English   language   is  limited  at best.    What   few stars   there  are  within  the  sport   are   either  in  the waning   moments   of     their   careers  or  haven’t  the  ability  to  clearly   resonate   with  the   fans   in  order to    bring   out a  passionate   response.  

 

 

 

 

 

This  has  been   the  one  thing  that   the  sport   has  been  lacking  .    A  true  star  that   would  make the  purists   and  fans   of  the  sport  sit  up  and   take   note.  Pacquaio   will  have  an  allegiance  of  fans  out  there.   But  when   measured  against   the  draw  and   fandom   had shown    when   De La  Hoya   reigned   supreme.   The  difference   is  stark   and   can   be  compared  as   to  the  difference   between   night  and   day. 

 

 

 

 

So  we  may  lament   the  retirement  with a  great deal   of   joy .  But   if   you’re  a  fan of  the  sport.   You  could  well  be wishing  that  Oscar  would remain   around  for  at   least   one  or  two   more   fights.  If   only  to   remind  us   of  what   he  meant   and   did   for   the  sport.   Though  health wise   he  may   not  have  suffered   as  one  of   his  idols   Muhummad  Ali.    Oscar   left the  ring  on his  terms   knowing   full   well  that   he   gave  of    himself   to  the  sport  and   took   from   it  what   it   availed  to   him    in   terms   of   popularity  and  wealth.   There aren’t   many   athletes   today  that  we  can   often   say    that   about. 

Author: tophatal ...........

An avid sports' fans that's all !!!!!

2 thoughts on “You’ve Got To Know When To Hold ’em And Know When To Fold ’em ………………”

    1. Meehan

      Oscar has won a Grammy you know ? So that’s got to add to his credibility don’t you think ? Well on the other hand Vanilla Ice thought he was a rapper so that explains a lot doesn’t it ?

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