Oscar De La Hoya is no stranger to a fight, but his fight with addiction is clearly his most difficult to date.
During an interview with Spanish-language station Univision, De La Hoya admitted to contemplating suicide as an escape from his struggles with alcohol and cocaine.
“Rock bottom was recently,” said the former champ. “I don’t have the strength. I don’t have the courage to take my own life but I was thinking about it.”
De La Hoya claims to have found three-months sobriety in Alcoholic Anonymous, but his admitted drug use is harrowing to say the least. De La Hoya recounts that “my drug of choice was cocaine and alcohol…the last 2� years I depended more in the alcohol than the cocaine…It took me to a place where I felt safe…where I can just reach out and grab my mother.”
Addiction has not been De La Hoya’s only struggle. The boxer and his wife separated for a time after a spat of infidelity. De La Hoya admits that “we are obviously not talking a Tiger Woods here, but I was unfaithful.”
We wish The Golden Boy the best on his continued road to recovery.
UPDATE: Below is a 5-minute excerpt from the Univision interview