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By Paul Upham: While no one doubts the classy star power and money generating ability of Oscar De La Hoya and his world titles in six weight classes are evidence of his boxing ability, one question amongst boxing fans and insiders usually results in some extended debate. What is Oscar De La Hoya’s best career win?
There have been victories over names such as Rafael Ruelas, Genaro Hernandez, James Leija, Julio Cesar Chavez, Miguel Angel Gonzalez, Pernell Whitaker, Ike Quartey, Oba Carr, Arturo Gatti, Fernando Vargas and Ricardo Mayorga.
As 35 year-old De La Hoya prepares for what could be one of his last super fights against Manny Pacquiao on December 6 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on HBO Pay-Per-View, it is an appropriate to review his career.
While his losses to Felix Trinidad, Sugar Shane Mosley twice, Bernard Hopkins and Floyd Mayweather Jr were disappointing, selecting De La Hoya’s best win is not an easy question to answer, so who better to ask than the “Golden Boy” himself?
“The fight that I am most proud of would probably have to be the Ike Quartey fight,” 35 year-old De La Hoya told SecondsOut on Monday. “When I fought Ike Quartey, I fought him in his prime. He was undefeated. He was strong. He was fast. Nobody knew who he was. But what made it so special is that, a lot of people don’t know that I received a cut over my left eye during training and we stitched it up and we went along with the fight, like if nothing happened.
“In the back of my mind I knew that if he would hit me in that eye, it would bust up open and maybe it would be stopped. But I fought through it. I trained hard and we won the fight in such a spectacular fight with Ike Quartey. That was probably one of my most proudest moments.”
While the Quartey victory in February 1999 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas was indeed impressive, ask De La Hoya what was the best we have seen him in the ring as a boxer and he nominates a fight much earlier in his career.
“Probably the best that people have seen me would have to be when I fought Julio Cesar Chavez the first time in 1996,” he said. “Even till this day when people ask me how that fight went, can you describe it, it is hard to describe because I felt like I was floating in the ring. Everything was just smooth and my punches were coming out with speed and everything was just like a blur. So, that fight was the best performance I have had in my career.”