Talk about packing a political punch, former boxer Oscar De La Hoya says he’s seriously considering a run for president in 2020.
“I am actually very, very serious and I strongly feel that if a Kanye West can do it and announce and maybe tease the world that he would maybe one day wanna run for president, why not me?” he told TMZSports.
With his interviewers sounding incredulous at the possibility, they pressed him if he were really going to pursue a campaign for the White House.
“I actually am. I actually do want to pursue it, and there’s obviously many reasons,” De La Hoya responded.
“I’m actually in the works of putting a team together to explore in further details to see if this makes sense.”
He concluded, “If the numbers are right and it looks good, I’m gonna go for it.”
De La Hoya is no fan of President Trump, especially when during the previous campaign for the White House, Trump said:
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. … They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems…. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
De La Hoya responded at a news conference: “You know, it’s terrible, terrible what’s he saying, what he stands for. I’m shocked. I’m really shocked.”
“In this country, there’s 50 going on 60 million Latinos all across the board, and especially him running for president, how can he say something like that? How can he even think something like that? Or how can he even feel something like that?” De La Hoya added.
Though he was born in California, De La Hoya has both Mexican and American citizenship and is now a boxing promoter.
Nicknamed “The Golden Boy,” De La Hoya represented the U.S. at the 1992 Summer Olympics.
Just last week, he told the Fox Business Network that Nike was “smart” for picking former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick to represent the company’s “Just Do It” campaign.
“[Nike] is smart, they are the 800-pound gorilla,” he said. “The bottom line is maybe, fortunately or unfortunately, they are going to sell tennis shoes.”
Kaepernick was among the first athletes to kneel during the playing of the national anthem as a protest.
Ironically, De La Hoya told Fox he was extremely proud to hear America’s anthem played at the Olympics.
“When I heard that national anthem … playing in the Olympics in 1992 [in] Barcelona, there was not a prouder moment that I ever felt,” he said. “That’s the bottom line.”
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