Don’t count out Oscar De La Hoya in 2020.
On Tuesday, the boxer told a group of reporters in Las Vegas where he’s promoting Saturday’s middleweight rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin that he’s serious about running for office in 2020.
“If Arnold [Schwarzenegger] can be governor, if 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 president?” De La Hoya said. “That’s the beauty of our nation.”
De La Hoya said that he had begun considering a career in politics “many years ago” and that if he did, he would run as a Democrat.
The boxer could face President Donald Trump, who he has a grudge with, in 2020.
Two years ago, De La Hoya said that Trump cheated in a game of golf and wondered how someone who cheated in a gentleman’s game could run the country.
Trump denied that he ever played with De La Hoya despite video footage proving otherwise.
Like Trump, however, De La Hoya’s past is not clean-cut. Although he has devoted himself to charity work as of late – such as funding a cancer wing in honor of his late mother and opening a charter school – he previously battled addiction and was even photographed with a New York stripper.
“As I got older, I get wiser 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 said.
De La Hoya, like Trump, has no prior experience in politics.
“If the numbers look right, I’m gonna go for it,” De La Hoya told TMZ.
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