Oscar De La Hoya announces second rehab stint

President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya has checked back into rehab. (AFP)

President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya has checked back into rehab. (AFP)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:45 PM ET

American boxing great Oscar De La Hoya has announced he’s in for one of the biggest fights of his life -- in treatment.

The 40-year-old former champ released a statement Tuesday ahead of this weekend’s mammoth bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez, a 23-year-old Mexican that De La Hoya is working with, declaring he’s checked into rehab as he continues to battle the same substance demons he attempted to fight off two years ago.

In 2011, De La Hoya admitted to alcohol and cocaine problems.

“I will not be at the fight this Saturday to cheer Canelo to victory since I have voluntarily admitted myself into a treatment facility,” De La Hoya said through his publicist.

De La Hoya’s promotions company, Golden boy Promotions, is staging Saturday’s bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“I explained this to Canelo and he understood that my health and long-term recovery from my disease must come first," De La Hoya added. "Thank you for your understanding. I ask for your support and privacy during this difficult time for me and my family.”

De La Hoya, a former Olympic gold medallist who was once considered the best in his sport, last fought in 2008. After jumping out to a perfect 31-0 record throughout the 1990s, De La Hoya finally lost his IFB welterweight belt in 1999, when Felix Trinidad won by way of majority decision.

De La Hoya's record stands at 39-6 with 30 knockouts.

 


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