By Oscar De La Hoya, Steve Springer
Born right into a boxing relatives, the son of Mexican-born mom and dad, Oscar "the Golden Boy" De l. a. Hoya has lived the yankee Dream—achieving unprecedented luck in every thing from athletics to enterprise, from the recording to varied charitable ventures. The winner of six global titles and an Olympic gold medal, he has defeated greater than a dozen international champions and has left a good mark at the activity of boxing, inspiring many that had all yet given up wish. American Son is his story—a quintessentially American story—a frank, touching, and revealing memoir from some of the most celebrated opponents within the background of boxing. it's the exciting story of an immigrant's son—the chronicle of an awesome life's trip that gives new perception into the personal international and noteworthy profession of a gentleman, an athlete, and a real nationwide icon.
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He didn’t speak in a loud or abrasive manner. I thanked him, ﬁgured he was a fan with a lot of money, and went back to my table. As I sat down, my friends started whispering, “Do you know who that is? That’s the Mexican Maﬁa. ” Having heard of them, I became scared. The blonde wouldn’t leave, choosing instead to hang next to me. And the drinks kept AMERICAN SON 51 coming, ordered courtesy of that other table. I felt pressure. Even when I went to the restroom, I felt they were watching me. Sure enough, when I glanced over at that table, several guys were staring at me.
And that love did start in the gym. That’s because I didn’t connect the two at the time. The gym was just a fun place for me as a young child, a place to run around 32 Oscar De La Hoya with all the other little kids there, a place to climb in and out of the ropes, to awkwardly jump rope or reach up with my small ﬁsts and attempt to move a heavy bag that seemed like a skyscraper from my tiny perspective. To me, the gym was a big playground. My father wisely let six months go by before even broaching the subject of boxing.
I could see her clearly in my mind’s eye as if she was real. She was oversize, towering over everybody else, towering over the ceremony, towering over me. But still, I couldn’t get my feelings out. Finally, when I came down after the ceremony to do an interview with Fred Roggin for NBC, right there, it ﬁnally hit me. He asked me about my mother and I started bawling, my emotions spilling out in those tears like a dam overﬂowing. At last. I remember telling Fred I was so sorry I was crying. , I found a reception beyond what I could possibly have imagined.
American Son: My Story by Oscar De La Hoya, Steve Springer