Oscar De La Hoya Reveals Cocaine, Alcohol Battle

More than two years since officially ending his boxing career, Oscar De La Hoya is still fighting, for his life this time.

The former six-division champ revealed in an interview with UnivisionNews that he had struggled with cocaine and alcohol abuse over the last two and a half years. “There were drugs. My drug of choice was cocaine and alcohol, hmm. Cocaine was recent. The last 2 years, last 2½ years and I depended more on the alcohol than the cocaine,” De La Hoya was quoted as saying in the interview. “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.”

De La Hoya, who lost his mother to cancer two years before he became an Olympic gold medalist in 1992, said that he had contemplated suicide, but could not find the courage to do it. “I don’t have the strength, I don’t have the courage to take my own life but I was thinking about it,” he said.

De La Hoya retired in 2009 after losing to Manny Pacquiao on December 6, 2008 in match that saw the “Golden Boy” refuse to come out after the eighth round.