Boxing: Oscar De La Hoya Tweet Reignites Comeback Rumors

Kevin McRae@@McRaeWritesFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2012

Oscar de la Hoya, seen here with Daniel Jacobs after his win Oct. 20 at the Barclays Center, has sparked rumors of a return to the ring.
Oscar de la Hoya, seen here with Daniel Jacobs after his win Oct. 20 at the Barclays Center, has sparked rumors of a return to the ring.Al Bello/Getty Images

Golden Boy Promotions CEO and former 10-time boxing world champion Oscar De La Hoya's Twitter account has once again fueled speculation he will return to the ring.


I'm really confident I can do some damage to any 54 pounder in the world, except "Saul Canelo Alvarez".

Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) October 28, 2012

Now, in fairness, this is likely just a promoter hyping his own guy, Golden Boy Promotions' new golden boy Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, who competes at 154 pounds. 

Oscar hasn't fought in nearly four years, and he looked terrible in his last fight. 

But De La Hoya has entertained a return to the ring in the recent past.

It was reported just this past August that the "Golden Boy" entertained the idea of returning to the ring to headline his company's inaugural boxing card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. 

De La Hoya would've faced then WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm in a rematch of their highly controversial 2004 bout, which Oscar won, though many observers felt he lost.

At 39, the former six-division champion indicated his body was no longer able to handle the strenuous training required to be successful in the ring.

He last fought in 2008, losing a lopsided bout against Manny Pacquiao, and soon retired from in-ring competition. He instead focused his attention on promoting fights, making Golden Boy one of the biggest companies in the industry.

Golden Boy is home to many top fighters, including Alvarez, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Adrien Broner, and recently engineered boxing's successful return to Brooklyn at the Barclays Center.

The company has recently indicated they intend to make regular appearances at the new arena, and while their debut was highly successful, it would be nothing compared to a potential return of the "Golden Boy." 

While this is all just rumor and speculation, and likely not to happen, it would certainly be a huge event and would put Brooklyn on the map in terms of hosting big-time boxing.

Even at his advanced age (in boxing terms), and having not fought in a significant amount of time, De La Hoya is still one of boxing's biggest names. He was one of the few fighters in recent years to transcend boxing and draw in many fans who otherwise wouldn't have followed the sport.

His return, no matter what you may think of it, would certainly be a huge event. And it would be huge for boxing in Brooklyn.