Oscar De La Hoya lands a right to Fernando Vargas during their super welterweight championship bout, Sept. 14, 2002.
What was your welcome-to-pro-boxing moment?
When I got knocked down for the first time. It was in 1994 against a kid named Giorgio Campanella. I got up and said to myself, My gosh! I finally finished him off in the third round.
Most embarrassing moment?
Golfing in the Bob Hope Classic in 1999. I shanked a ball, and it hit a spectator.
If I were boxing commissioner, I'd ...
have one champion in each weight class, instead of four or five champions. It would stop the confusion about who holds what title. And the following for a particular fighter would be greater because the fans would know who the true champion is.
One thing about being a boxer that fans don't know about
Boxers wear jock straps 24/7. It's the truth. It has to do with the conditioning or something. It's supposed to help in some way.
De La Hoya wrapped up three months of training in Puerto Rico.
On Saturday, De La Hoya (37-4) fights Ricardo Mayorga (28-5-1) for the WBC super welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.