Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya decided to return to rehab this week. The president of Golden Boy Promotions has a history of substance issues, and in a statement he released on Tuesday, pledged to deal with them this time just as he has in the past.
In the same release, De La Hoya acknowledged that he would be absent from this Saturday’s showdown at the MGM Grand between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. This bout is without question the biggest fight to be held on American soil in 2013, and it’s expected to perform extremely well on pay-per-view.
"Canelo Alvarez and I have big fights coming up this weekend," De La Hoya said in his statement. "His is the ring and mine in treatment. I will not be at the fight to cheer Canelo to victory since I have voluntarily admitted myself into a treatment facility.
"I explained this to Canelo, and he understood that my health and long-term recovery from my disease must come first. Thank you for your understanding. I ask for your support and privacy during this difficult time for me and my family."
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The last time De La Hoya missed a match as a result of his substance abuse issues was in 2011, when he failed to attend a showdown between Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal.
At a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, both Mayweather and Alvarez sent their best wishes to De La Hoya and his family.