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Oscar de la Hoya Admits to Lingerie Pics, Reportedly Paid $20 Mil in Hush Money

Oscar de la Hoya is out of rehab and apparently trying to cleanse his soul. He admitted in a recent interview with Univision that he cheated on his wife, though his qualifier was that it wasn’t on the Tiger Woods level. He also admitted that the infamous 2007 lingerie pics were him, as Alex pointed out to us in our Facebook group (make sure you join!). From the time the photos were released, de la Hoya denied they were him.

“Let me tell you, yes, yes, it was me (in those pictures),” De la Hoya said in the interview. “I am tired now of lying, of lying to the public and of lying to myself.”

It’s about time he admitted to them because everybody knew they were him all along. The juicy part is that the NY Post says Oscar paid model Milana Dravnel $20 million to keep quiet about the pictures. They also say she had to give back the heels, lingerie and fishnets from the session.

Paying $20 million to tell a woman to keep quiet on the pictures after they already got out? Man, maybe that’s why Bob Arum called him one of the stupidest people he’s met.

Oscar de la Hoya: I Was Unfaithful to My Wife, But Not Like Tiger Woods (Video)

Back in May, Oscar De La Hoya shocked many throughout the boxing world when he admitted to having a drug problem and entered a rehabilitation program.  His drug and alcohol problems reminded many loyal fans that it can sometimes be impossible to tell what goes on outside of the public eye.

On Wednesday, Univision TV released an interview during which De La Hoya opened up about his substance abuse problems and relationship with his wife, among other things.  One portion of the interview that struck me as strange came around the 1:20 mark, when Oscar admits to cheating on his wife but notes that he is not on the same level as Tiger Woods.  Check out the Oscar De La Hoya drug addiction interview, courtesy of Sports Grid:

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Oscar De La Hoya Enters Drug Rehab for Substance Abuse

Former boxer and current promoter Oscar De La Hoya has reportedly entered drug rehab to address a substance abuse problem. TMZ issued the report and had very few details, noting only that he had entered a facility in California. Our guess is someone working at the rehab facility leaked the information which would be an extreme violation of privacy laws, but would confirm the story’s accuracy.

The report that De La Hoya has entered rehab for a drug problem is extremely shocking. Known as the Golden Boy, Oscar has always had an extremely squeaky-clean image both inside and outside the ring. He’s been highly successful in his business ventures since ending his fighting career with his only misstep coming when pictures of him in drag emerged, though his people claimed they were fake.

If Oscar is indeed in rehab for a drug problem, that would confirm there’s much more about him the public did not know. And maybe that’s to what Bob Arum was referring when he hammered Oscar with disparaging comments in February.

LBS has reached out to Golden Boy Promotions for comment on the report.

UPDATE: Going through De La Hoya’s twitter feed, he’s had some curious yet pensive tweets recently that could be indicative of a struggle he’s endured.

On May 12th, he wrote in successive tweets
It’s impossible to hide the truth.eventually your sins will be exposed.
We are alive.that’s all we can ask for.
Stop feeling sorry for your self and start feeling alive for those around you.
Honesty with yourself makes life guilty free.
It’s never to late to stop hating everything around you.

UPDATE II: De La Hoya has confirmed he entered rehab, telling TMZ in a statement

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Nonito Donaire Leaves Bob Arum’s Top Rank for Golden Boy Promotions

A shock was sent through the business side of boxing Wednesday when it was announced that Nonito Donaire would be leaving promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank for Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. This is just the latest twist in an ongoing saga between the rival promotional groups, and there is little doubt it is a massive gain for Golden Boy.

Nonito Donaire is one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world and an emerging star in the sport of boxing. The 28-year-old has been moving up in weight class steadily and picking up fans along the way while posting a 26-1 record. The Filipino Flash’s most recent fight was an eye-opening second-round knockout of Fernando Montiel last month that rearranged his opponent’s face.

Donaire has speed, power, and size for a bantamweight. Whether or not he can become as big as Manny Pacquiao in terms of popularity remains to be seen, but we do know that Donaire is an emerging star.

That’s why his promotional sidestep is so significant for boxing.

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Bob Arum on Oscar De La Hoya: He’s ‘One of the Stupidest Guys I’ve Ever Met’

So Oscar De La Hoya exited the ring for a career in promotions and created Golden Boy which has taken off. The promotional company represents a high percentage of the best fighters in the world and they’re responsible for putting on some of the best events we watch.

Before Golden Boy existed, Bob Arum and Don King used to be the only real competition when it came to promoting top fighters. Now, De La Hoya’s gang seems to scoop them up. Given that background you know that anything rival promoter Bob Arum says about Golden Boy comes out of bitterness and anger. So take the following quote served up to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel lightly with a chuckle.

“[Golden Boy has] no background in boxing,” Arum told the paper. “They rely on Oscar, who’s a dummy. Oscar is one of the stupidest guys I’ve ever met. I’m just saying what it is. The guy is really not smart. Forget just ‘not smart.’ He’s not just even average.”

Like I said, it’s complete bitterness from Arum, but the smack was so strong we had to share. Keep in mind that Arum will say just about anything to make himself and his people look good.

We’ve already explained why these comments shouldn’t matter to you because of their rivalry, but I will point out that De La Hoya is pretty darn smart because he took advantage of a major hole in the marketplace — promoters boxers could trust. And I’d say that the hundreds of millions Oscar has taken home proves he has an excellent business sense.

Roy Jones Jr. Calls Oscar De La Hoya a ‘Quit’ from Pacquiao Fight

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Let’s see, Roy Jones Jr. is hanging on way past his prime, presumably to make money like most other boxers do. He got his head handed to him by Joe Calzaghe last November but still came back for two more fights since, winning both. Oscar De La Hoya recently wrote that he felt Jones Jr. continues to fight because of ego, not money; he says Roy wants to prove he’s still a top fighter. De La Hoya said Roy should retire because he’s done. Roy obviously didn’t take to that opinion very well and has now spoken:

“Yeah, well, I ain’t quit like he did, did I? I don’t even think he’s got enough respect to talk to me. I never gave up. He gave up to a smaller man. I don’t owe no explanation for that. I don’t even think he earned the right tot talk to me. I ain’t never quite. Got cut and still went on against what they called pound-for-pound one of the best fighters out there and never thought about quitting. I feel like I owe that to the fans. I feel like if they paid to see me fight, they should get a whole fight whether I’m getting my behind whooped or I’m whooping behind, they deserve a whole fight. I ain’t never quit in the ring so don’t tell me what I need to do.”

No doubt Jones Jr. is oozing with confidence from his win over Jeff Lacy two weeks ago. He was bragging about his handspeed from that fight during the interview and suggested he wants to fight Anderson Silva from MMA. The interview also confirmed De La Hoya’s feelings — that Roy still feels he’s a top fighter. But Jones Jr. is definitely correct about Oscar quitting. Both guys are right and it would have been nice if we didn’t have to experience either process as fans.

Manny Pacquiao to Extract $3 Million for Every Pound Oscar’s Over Weight

Count me as one of the people who believes the December fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao is a farce. I’m never going to knock Oscar for the simple fact that he fights everyone and anyone, bringing the fans the match ups they want. At the same time, let’s not confuse the fact that he’s a businessman and a very good one at that. Why else would he try to make a fight with Pacman happen? Manny usually fights around 130 lbs. Oscar around 154. Think there’s a size difference? So much so, that Oscar De La Hoya apparently must pay Pacquiao $3 million for every pound he’s over 147 — the agreed upon weight limit for the fight — if he’s too heavy.

“I have already talked with Bob Arum and he told me that Oscar has agreed that the penalty will be $ 3 million for every pound or a fraction thereof in excess of 147 lbs (during the weighin),”said Pacquiao lawyer Franklin Gacal yesterday.

“Oscar is the bigger boxer, is taller (at 5-10 as to Pacquiao who is 5-6) and has the reach advantage,” said Gacal, noting that the Golden Boy will have to sweat it out to make the welterweight limit.

Now the question is, does Manny try to slip Oscar some Caltene bars Regina George-style to make a quick buck, or avoid that strategy because it could be hazardous for him in the ring? As for the fight, the size disadvantage makes it a mis-match, and for that reason, I’m tempted to go with the much bigger and stronger De La Hoya. He might not be the sharpest fighter around, but he’s still pretty tough and packs a strong hook. This isn’t the fight that makes sense in the purist notion, but it sure will be one heck of a draw at the box office.