The once Golden Boy, Oscar de la Hoya, has been strangely quiet the last few days when his “friend” and somewhat business partner, the “guy from Las Vegas”, has been under the gun for alleged grand larceny, coupled with domestic violence charges in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Strange, but understandable, since the Golden Boy himself has had to suffer the consequences one must deal with when allegations of sexual improprieties hit the news stands.
The mass media has again refused to take on the alleged “King of boxing promotors”, lest they be censured, and forced to take down posted articles after threatened legal action by the “all powerful one”.
Corporate giants AT&T, along with Reebok International recently claimed to have no working agreement with the alleged thief and woman beater, the “guy from Las Vegas”, who The Golden Boy continues to do business with.
Oscar de la Hoya has in the past been accused of sexual misconduct and forced to publicly defend himself regarding uncomplimentary photographs of him in unusual garb, making him the ideal person to comment on what his “friend” is going through.
The Golden Boy has been without comment regarding his “friends” racially offensive tirade against Manny Pacquiao, so there really is no need to question his thought process regarding his “friend’s” alleged legal troubles that ended with his arrest earlier this past week.
What can be questioned is the unwillingness of de la Hoya to condemn any of the missteps his “friend” and business partner, the “guy from Las Vegas” has been linked to.
Oscar de la Hoya, if you want/need everyone in the world of boxing to recognize you as the “voice of reason”, you cannot pick and choose when that voice is heard.
De la Hoya had lots to say when he felt Antonio Margarito deserved to be banned for life from boxing when allegations of boxing glove improprieties were revealed prior to the Margarito vs Shane Mosley fight.
There was/is no business relationship between de la Hoya and Margarito, thus seemingly Margarito was/is “fair game” for any and all attacks by The Golden Boy.
There has been concern around the country regarding when an angry America will demand the “guy from Las Vegas” be condemned for his racist, homophobic, ignorant, and unprovoked attack against Manny Pacquiao.
Few had any idea the next in line would be the mother of three of the “guy from Las Vegas” small children, where he allegedly beat the woman in plain view of them.
Inexcusable you might say, but apparently not to the alleged top boxing promotor in the business.
Oscar de la Hoya is no more the leader of professional boxing, than am I of web journalism.
You must “lead by example” if you are ever to be considered a leader.
Oscar de la Hoya and the “guy from Las Vegas” have provided the entire boxing community with all they need by the examples they have repeatedly shown.
Does de la Hoya get the same seemingly “free pass” the “guy from Las Vegas” has gotten?
The “guy from Las Vegas” remains a “cash cow” that the Golden Boy seems determined not to “throw under the bus” until his skills in the ring have completely deteriorated.
That ultimately leads me to believe that we are on this circus merry-go-round for a long, long, time.
Make a stand, or stand down, Oscar de la Hoya.
Your staus as a “wannabe leader” is in serious jeopardy.
Janice Rollins (Denver): “I’d never thought about de la Hoya keeping a low profile while all this nonsense goes on. Maybe he should say SOMETHING”.
Will Collins (Evergreen): “It shouldn’t surprise anyone de la Hoya is quiet. He’s still hoping no more pics of him in fishnets surface”.
Orlando Willis (Denver): “Boxing is currently in a sad state of affairs and I do believe the man who said he was going to “clean things up” should be held accountable”.
Stephen Johnson feature writes for INSIDE BOXING.com, UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.com, and co-hosts INSIDE BOXING LIVE!