By Rafael Bandayrel
Boxing icon Oscar De La Hoya is “very seriously” considering running for the highest office in the United States.
De La Hoya told a small group of reporters – while promoting the much-anticipated rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin – that he has “real” but “preliminary” interest in running for president in the 2020 elections.
“It’s real,” De La Hoya told Angeles Times. “That’s the beauty of our nation. If Arnold [Schwarzenegger] can be governor, if [Donald] 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 presidency?”
The former Olympic gold medallist said that he had begun considering a career in politics “many years ago” and that if he did, he would run as part of the Democrat party.
If his plan pushes through, he could go against President Donald Trump, who he has beef with.
Like the current president, De La Hoya has no prior experience in politics. However, the 45-year-old believes he can make a difference if to be elected.
“As I got older, I get wiser,” he said. “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.'”