He’s held the major titles in the boxing world, now former champion Oscar De La Hoya may be training to add another title under his belt: President of the United States.
“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,” the fighter-turned-promoter said in a video released by TMZ.
De La Hoya won olympic gold in 1992 and has been retired from professional boxing since 2009. The former champ has stayed heavily involved in the game as a promoter for his company: “Golden Boy Promotions.”
He has maintained for decades that he has been encouraged to get more involved in issues outside of his sport.
“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,” he said in the video.
Oscar De La Hoya Considering Running for President!!! https://t.co/xmof2MK4yj
— TMZ (@TMZ) September 10, 2018
De La Hoya is from East Los Angeles. He claimed that if his team brought him some encouraging statistics he would make it official and announce his run.
Most believe that his comments should not be taken seriously. De La Hoya is in the midst of some heavy promotion just before the middleweight championship fight his company is showcasing Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, De La Hoya’s fighter, will face Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on pay-per-view in a rematch of their controversial draw from last year.
De La Hoya did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment Monday. Is this all smoke and no fire?