With the Canelo Alvarez/Gennady Golovkin fight coming, Golden Boy Promotions head Oscar De La Hoya has been making his media rounds… and stopped by The Breakfast Club.
Last week, the boxing icon stopped by the radio station and chatted with hosts DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne tha God about the upcoming superfight, as well as controversy.
During the interview, De La Hoya referred to the recent Mayweaather-McGregor fight as a “farce” … while also addressing the photos of himself in fishnet stockings and high heels nearly a decade ago.
Initially, he denied the legitimacy of photos, but eventually admitted they were real before he revealed a substance abuse problem and later checked himself into rehab to seek treatment.
“What the hell were you doing?” Charlamagne asked of the photos, which appeared to catch De La Hoya a little off guard.
“A bad time in my life,” he replied. “That’s it. That happened, what, 10 years ago? They’re still popping up, but that’s the power of the social media.”
Charlamagne followed up by asking if the photos made it difficult for De La Hoya to launch Golden Boy Promotions once his boxing career ended. “No, no, no,” he said. “We’re the best promoter in the world today. So it has nothing to do with it. It just has something to do with my personal life at that time, which was 10 years ago. In America, you have the opportunity to rise and shine and get better and be better, and so that’s exactly what I’ve done.”
Charlamagne later asked about his substance abuse problems at the end of his boxing career in the late 2000s. “What led to the coke and booze?” he asked.
“It was just a bad time in my life,” he replied. “Bad time in my life. It was one of those times where it’s like you sometimes lose your identity when you retire. You hear about all these athletes and actors and this and that and they lose themselves and this and that. ‘What do I do now? Who am I now?’ I was in a bad place, a really bad place. But I’m actually glad that I was able to bring myself back to the light. Because there’s a lot of people who just cannot come back to the light. There’s tons of them. There’s a lot of sad cases that take place. You hear about it every single day, famous people and just average Joes in the street. It’s sad. It’s heartbreaking. It’s tough to be out there and be a celebrity and be a famous person, whatever, with money and this and that. It’s tough when you lose your identity. How do you bring it back? How do you gather yourself back and correct yourself and go down that correct path once again? That was the toughest fight of my life.”
You can watch the entire interview above, but you can hear De La Hoya address the cross-dressing photos at the 11:35 mark.