Boxing promoter. MMA promoter. Multiple division world boxing champion. President of the United States? Golden Boy Promotions head honcho, Oscar De La Hoya is actually considering throwing his hat in the ring for a presidential bid.
In a recent interview with TMZ, the 45-year-old Las Angeles native says he is putting together an “exploratory team” to gauge interest, and if the numbers are right, we might see him follow in the footsteps of another first-time politician, current POTUS Donald Trump.
”I am actually very, very serious and I strongly feel that if a Kanye West can do it and announce and maybe tease the world that he would maybe one day wanna run for president, why not me?”
When asked what motivated him to consider such a dramatic career change, the former champ had this to say:
”I’ve had literally, over the years, ever since I became a professional in boxing, I’ve had millions of people tell me, ‘Look, why don’t you represent? Why don’t you stand up and have a bigger voice?’ And obviously, the biggest voice you can have is being president.”
De La Hoya has more pressing matters to attend to currently, though. This Saturday night (Mexican Independence Day weekend), he’ll be co-promoting the Canelo vs. GGG II unified middleweight title bout with GGG Promotions and Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions. The card will be available via HBO PPV and takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada at 8 P.M. Pacific. The PPV price is $85, as opposed to last year’s $80 pricetag for Canelo vs. GGG I.
The full fight card is as follows:
– Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin for Golovkin’s WBA/WBC Middleweight titles
– Jaime Munguia vs. Brandon Cook for Munguia’s WBO Junior Middleweight title
– David Lemieux vs. Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan; Middleweights
– Roman Gonzalez vs. Moises Fuentes; Junior Bantamweights
– Vergil Ortiz vs. Robert Ortiz; Super Lightweights
– Alexis Rocha vs. Carlos Ortiz Cervantes; Welterweights
Jaba Khositashvili vs. Lawrence King; Super Middleweights
Brian Veballo vs. TBA; Featherweights