I picked it up because of my brother [Joel, 37]. He used to be a fighter—and I
started boxing because of him too. One day he told me to come to the range.
After hitting 100 balls, I still kept shanking them. But I loved the challenge
of it. I got hooked. I'm a seven handicap now. I've played with [2003 Masters
champ] Mike Weir, who's a lefty like me. [Though De La Hoya fights
righthanded.] I played with David Duval when he was Number 1 in the world.
On the parallels
between golf and boxing
The concentration, the focus, they're the same. They say in golf you should
grip the club lightly and not overswing. That's like boxing: If you look for
the knockout, you won't get the knockout.
On his singing
career, for which he was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2000
[Laughs] I do it in the shower now, that's about it. My mother used to be a
professional singer, and I thought it would be interesting to cut an album. I
did it for the memories. Hitting that high note is more difficult than throwing
a knockout punch.
On how long he'll
After this fight I am going to seriously consider retirement. It depends how
this fight goes. Personally, I think I'm going to win in a late-round