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Book Review: Oscar De La Hoya’s Biography – American Son

Oscar De La Hoya’s biography, American Son is pretty honest look by the fighter at his life and career. But don’t expect to get inside the mind of a great boxer. While the book does go through nearly his entire fight career, it goes through it quickly. If you want to know what he thinks about before fights, what his strategies are, or how it is to be Oscar De La Hoya the athlete, that stuff isn’t here. But it’s hard to go through an entire life in only 250 pages.

But where the book excels is in him talking about his relationships with trainers, his wife Millie, and parents. LA Times writer Steve Springer was De La Hoya’s coauthor. It’s a decent and expected look at De La Hoya and you won’t learn anything, but you get the feeling that he’s being as honest as he can, especially with how large of a celebrity he is.

If you want a more detailed look at the book, I wrote a longer review at Epinions.com.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Oscar De La Hoya’s Biography – American Son

  1. Oscar De La Hoya has seen some big fights fall through for him recently. He’s been left without a suitable opponent that can also create and “event.” Before he and Floyd fought, De La Hoya had the upper hand in the negotiations, but those days are apparently OVER.

  2. I don’t think they are over. I think that now, he just wants the perfect deal for himself since it’s his last fight. I think Pacquaio will come down and they’ll agree to fight.

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