Boxer Oscar de la Hoya is voluntarily returning to rehab to deal with a substance abuse problem. His Golden Boy promotions is handling the upcoming Floyd Mayweather v Canelo Alvarez fight this Saturday which he will miss.
To that regard he issued the following statement:
“I will not be at the fight to cheer Canelo to victory since I have voluntarily admitted myself into a treatment facility,” De La Hoya said in a statement. “I explained this to Canelo and he understood that my health and long-term recovery from my disease must come first.
“I ask for your support and privacy during this difficult time for me and my family.”
The Mexican-American boxing great was last in rehab in 2011 also for a substance abuse problem. He voluntarily checked himself into an undisclosed facility.
Last year de la Hoya was mired in a messy lawsuit over a hooker’s accusation of sexual abuse in a $5 million lawsuit. The suit was eventually thrown out of court in New York.
The 10-time boxing champion won a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics as a teenager and from there went on to become a boxing legend and own a national boxing promoting company, the only Hispanic to do so.
De La Hoya, 40, retired from professional boxing in 2009; his last fight in 2008 was against Manny Pacquiao.