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Golden boy : the fame, money, and mystery of Oscar de la Hoya
Kawakami, Tim.
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Kansas City, Mo. : Andrews McMeel Pub., [1999]

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xiv, 315 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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GV1132.D37 K39 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Chronicles the life and career of Oscar de la Hoya, from his poverty-stricken childhood, to his Olympic glory, to his celebrity world of multimillion-dollar contracts, spicy romances, and turbulent personal life and professional career.

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De la Hoya won a gold medal in the 1992 Olympics; he's an undefeated professional champion; and he's media savvy and movie-star handsome. Los Angeles Times reporter Kawakami has followed De la Hoya's career for years, and although this is an unauthorized biography, he conducted several lengthy interviews with the 25-year-old boxer. What he found was a celebrity as complex as the rest of us and a man profoundly changed by wealth. De la Hoya, after years of training isolation, cut a swath through the groupies who came his way after the Olympics. His boxing camp, as Kawakami describes it, is in constant turmoil. He changes managers, trainers, and publicists like other guys change shoes. And the partings are never sweet. This is a fascinating glimpse inside the seamy world of big-money boxing and a compelling examination of the effect of money on an essentially decent person. De la Hoya is already an icon in the Hispanic world, and it won't be long before the rest of the planet catches on. --Wes Lukowsky