Oscar De La Hoya says he will run for U.S. presidentSeptember 12, 2018 4:33pm

Oscar De La Hoya is considering a career change.

While promoting the upcoming middleweight title rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, the boxing legend on Tuesday revealed he plans to launch a surprising bid for president of United States in 2020.

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"It's real," De La Hoya told reporters, via the Los Angeles Times. "That's the beauty of our nation. If Arnold [Schwarzenegger] can be governor, if [Donald] Trump can be president, then why can't a Mexican-American who won an Olympic gold medal, who's over 35 and a U.S. citizen, run for presidency?"

De La Hoya said he first considered the move "many years ago," adding that he "absolutely" has the financial backing to make a serious run.

As for which party he would represent, De La Hoya disclosed he would run as a Democrat.

"As I got older, I get wiser," he said. "And as I get wiser, I get smarter. And as I get smarter, I start to realize the millions and millions of people who've told me, 'Oscar, why don't you run for some kind of office? Because you can make a difference.'"

De La Hoya, 45, won the Lightweight boxing gold in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and went on to win world titles in six different weight classes as a pro. He announced his retirement as a fighter after 16 years in 2009 and went on to become a successful fight promoter.

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