De La Hoya Hangs Up Gloves

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2009 3:35 PM CDT
Oscar De La Hoya, right, throws a punch at WBC lightweight champion Manny Pacquiao during the third round of their welterweight boxing match.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Boxer Oscar De La Hoya called it quits today after an electrifying career, the Los Angeles Times reports. “Knowing that you’re never going to compete again is a tough decision,” said De La Hoya, 36, who earned the nickname “Golden Boy” in a victorious 1992 Olympics that launched his career. “When I cannot compete at this level, I have come to the conclusion that it is over.”