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The Questions with Ocsar De La Hoya

May 08, 2006
May 08, 2006

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The Questions with Ocsar De La Hoya

Boxer

What was yourwelcome-to-pro-boxing moment?
When I got knocked down for the first time. It was in 1994 against a kid namedGiorgio Campanella. I got up and said to myself, My gosh! I finally finishedhim off in the third round.

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Most embarrassingmoment?
Golfing in the Bob Hope Classic in 1999. I shanked a ball, and it hit aspectator.

If I were boxingcommissioner, I'd ...
have one champion in each weight class, instead of four or five champions. Itwould stop the confusion about who holds what title. And the following for aparticular fighter would be greater because the fans would know who the truechampion is.

One thing aboutbeing a boxer that fans don't know about?
Boxers wear jock straps 24/7. It's the truth. It has to do with theconditioning or something. It's supposed to help in some way.

LAST WEEK
De La Hoya wrapped up three months of training in Puerto Rico.

THIS WEEK
On Saturday, De La Hoya (37-4) fights Ricardo Mayorga (28-5-1) for the WBCsuper welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

TWO PHOTOSROB DELORENZO/ZUMA PRESS (DE LA HOYA, 2)