The "Golden Boy" himself was once considered the blueprint on which to build Victor Ortiz's career. Now, as Ortiz is literally minutes away from turning 27, De La Hoya says that he believes Ortiz should retire from boxing following a devastating KO-2 loss to Luis Collazo:
I really feel @VICIOUSortiz should call it a day and enjoy his young life.— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) January 31, 2014
De La Hoya has long been a major supporter of Ortiz's career, taking what seemed like an unusually big interest in promoting him, even considering that, you know, Oscar is Victor's promoter. He took Ortiz on Piers Morgan's CNN show in 2011, notably, and went out of his way to push Ortiz as a special fighter and potentially big-time attraction for the sport.
It just hasn't worked out, and Oscar seems to realize that. It may not be long before we hear if Victor Ortiz has future plans for boxing, but the early guess would be that he might be truly ready to give up the sport and move on to other things. The desire, it would seem, just isn't there anymore.