Las Vegas, NV, United States (4E Sports) – Former boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya will miss the Floyd Mayweather-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez blockbuster showdown after he checked into a treatment facility for unspecified reasons.
De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions is promoting the Mayweather-Alvarez fight, which will happen Saturday at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Canelo Alvarez and I have big fights coming up this weekend. His is the ring and mine in treatment,” De La Hoya said in a statement. “I will not be at the fight to cheer Canelo to victory since I have voluntarily admitted myself into a treatment facility.”
The 40-year-old De La Hoya said he explained the situation to Alvarez, who understood that the former champion’s health and long-term recovery from a “disease” must come first.
The former champion, who went through rehabilitation for alcohol and cocaine abuse in 2011, also asked the public for support and privacy during this difficult moment.
De La Hoya, who won a 1992 Olympic gold medal, retired shortly after Manny Pacquiao stopped him in the eighth round in 2008.