11 Things You May Not Know About Oscar De La Hoya!

Oscar De la Hoya

Oscar De la Hoya may be one of the most successful boxers ever and has amazing business luck on the side, but apparently fame and fortune do not bring happiness.

The dad of three entered rehab back in May for drug and alcohol dependency. Not only did he admit to cheating on his wife and that he was drinking too much but he had started to use cocaine. He said in an interview that “There were drugs, my drug of choice was cocaine and alcohol. Cocaine was recent. The last 2 years, last 2 1/2 years and I depended more in the alcohol than the cocaine,” De La Hoya said. “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.”

Thankfully De la Hoya got the help he needed and has been sober for three months.

One thing for sure, De La Hoya certainly is busy and has had a pretty varied and interesting career. Check out these 11 facts about the “Golden Boy” right here.

  • Oscar De La Hoya – It Begins! 1 of 11
    Oscar De La Hoya - It Begins!
    Oscar De La Hoya was born in 1973 on February 4th which makes him now 38 years old. He was born in East L.A..
  • Runs in the Family 2 of 11
    Runs in the Family
    Boxing must be in their blood. Oscar comes from a boxing family, his grandfather Vicente, his father Joel Sr. and his brother Joel Jr. all were boxers.
  • Boxing Pays 3 of 11
    Boxing Pays
    He had made more money than any other boxer in history with an estimate of $696 million in just pay-per-view income!
  • He Started Young 4 of 11
    He Started Young
    When he was 17 he won the U.S. National Championship for the featherweight category and won a gold medal at the Goodwill Games the youngest to ever participate in the games.
  • Success x Sadness 5 of 11
    Success x Sadness
    His mother Celilia died of breast cancer when he was 17, in October of 1990 right when his career was taking off.
  • Marriage to Millie Corretjer 6 of 11
    Marriage to Millie Corretjer
    He got married in 2001 to Millie Corretjer and the couple had two children together. The two got married in a secret ceremony in San Juan.
  • Shanna Moakler 7 of 11
    Shanna Moakler
    Oscar also has a daughter Atiana Cecilia with beauty queen Shanna Moakler (who also has two children with rocker Travis Barker).
  • His Music Career 8 of 11
    His Music Career
    Oscar released a Grammy nominated CD back in 2000 called, aptly, Oscar De La Hoya. It was a Latin pop album and the songs were written by Diane Warren and the Bee Gees.
  • Children’s Book 9 of 11
    Children's Book
    In 2006 Oscar De La Hoya was honored with a children's picture book about him called Super Oscar by Mark Shulman and Lisa Kopelke.
  • Golden Boy Enterprises 10 of 11
    Golden Boy Enterprises
    He has a company called Golden Boy Enterprises which promotes boxing matches and he also bought the boxing magazines The Ring, KO Magazine, World Boxing Magazine and Pro Wrestling Illustrated and a 25% stake in the Major League Soccer side Houston Dynamo.
  • De La Hoy High! 11 of 11
    De La Hoy High!
    Oscar also gives back to the community. His started a foundation to help underprivileged kids and he donated 3.5 million to a Charter High School named in his honor the Oscar De La Hoya Amino Charter High School.

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