Oscar De La Hoya, ex-boxing champion, said the idea concerning suicide and has been going to rehab for the reason that he has turn into dependent on drugs and alcohol in an interview with Spanish-language network Univision.
De La Hoya said, according to an English-language transcript given by the network, “Rock bottom was recently. Within couple of years, just thinking if my life was even worth it. I don’t have the strength, I don’t have the courage to take my own life but I was thinking about it.”
According to De La Hoya, he has been sober for three months after undertaking treatment and joining Alcoholics Anonymous.
He said he was unfaithful to his wife and that they were separated for the meantime.
De La Hoya said, “We are obviously not talking a Tiger Woods here, but I was unfaithful.”
In 2009, De La Hoya retired after a 16 year profession in which he won 10 world titles in six divisions and became most well known fighter for boxing.
De la Hoya was carefully beaten by Manny Pacquiao in his very last fight. On May 2006, he won his last title, fighting Ricardo Mayorga in six rounds for the WBC 154-poind belt. He ended with a record of 39-6 and 30 knockouts.
Recognized as “The Golden Boy, De La Hoya exceeded his sport, utilizing his bilingual skills to produce crossover appeal between Latinos and whites.
He started boxing at the age of 5 years old, next in the path of his grandfather and father. He won an Olympic gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Games, carrying on a pledge of his late mother, Cecilia, who died of breast cancer two years ago.
De La Hoya said, “There were drugs, my drug of choice was cocaine and alcohol, hmm. Cocaine was recent. The last 2 years, last 2½ years and I depended more in the alcohol than the cocaine. It took me to a place where I felt safe, it took me to a place where I felt as if nobody can say anything to me, it took me to a place where I just can reach out and grab my mom.”