De La Hoya Says He's Retiring This Year

Retirement announcements don't always hold much weight in the world of boxing, but here's one that may hold up: the AP is reporting that Oscar De La Hoya will fight three times this year, then retire.

The Golden Boy says he wants to "go out with a big bang," beginning his retirement tour by facing former Contender runner-up Steve Forbes on May 3. Assuming he gets by Forbes, a rematch with Floyd Mayweather would be on tap for September, and the third fight would be determined later... though that time frame doesn't leave him much time to bounce back from facing Money again.

De La Hoya is clearly on the downside of his career, though he can still turn in some nice performances. The boxing game will miss his drawing power, because his name sells more fights than anyone else out there.

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