Oscar De La Hoya has battled drug and alcohol addiction in recent years, and it appears as though that may have bit him once more. The 40-year-old former boxing superstar and current promotional giant has checked into a "treatment facility," and will miss Saturday's Mayweather-Canelo fight.
Oscar had been serving sort of as Canelo's de facto hype man in the build-up to the fight. While Richard Schaefer stayed impartial and served as sort of the moderator of the press conferences, Oscar sat with and hyped Canelo, similar to what Leonard Ellerbe does for Floyd Mayweather.
To miss this fight, and to check into a facility now, that gives the indication that this is pretty damn serious.
Here's the statement from De La Hoya:
"Canelo Alvarez and I have big fights coming up this weekend. His is the ring and mine in treatment. will not be at the fight this Saturday 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 longterm 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."
BLH sends our best wishes to De La Hoya. We hope to see him back soon, clean, sober, healthy, and in good spirits.