Oscar De La Hoya on Friday confirmed his return to the boxing ring as a fighter, and he has a date set.
“July 3, I’m making my comeback,” De La Hoya said during a press conference for the April 17 boxing match between YouTube celebrity Jake Paul and retired MMA fighter Ben Askren.
He took no follow-up questions and literally dropped the mic before exiting the stage with Snoop Dogg and Al Bernstein.
De La Hoya hasn’t fought since being stopped by Manny Pacquiao in 2008. He announced his retirement shortly after in 2009 and put on the promoter’s hat with Golden Boy Promotions. But the former six-division world champion has been teasing a return to the ring over the past couple of years. He finally settled on a date to end his 12-year retirement and step back into the ring at 48.
There is no opponent or location yet for the fight, but De La Hoya has mentioned the likes of Gennadiy Golovkin as a possible opponent. That’s highly unlikely considering GGG is the IBF middleweight champion, has only suffered one defeat and would be a huge task for a returning De La Hoya. It’s expected to be a fighter of lesser caliber, but De La Hoya has been adamant that it will be a recognizable name.