By Oscar De La Hoya, Steve Springer
Born right into a boxing kin, the son of Mexican-born mom and dad, Oscar "the Golden Boy" De l. a. Hoya has lived the yankee Dream—achieving remarkable luck in every thing from athletics to company, from the recording to various charitable ventures. The winner of six international titles and an Olympic gold medal, he has defeated greater than a dozen international champions and has left a favorable mark at the activity of boxing, inspiring many that had all yet given up desire. American Son is his story—a quintessentially American story—a frank, touching, and revealing memoir from essentially the most celebrated warring parties within the historical past of boxing. it's the exciting story of an immigrant's son—the chronicle of an awesome life's trip that gives new perception into the personal global and noteworthy occupation of a gentleman, an athlete, and a real nationwide icon.
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Through the shades, we could see my father watching TV in a ﬁrst-ﬂoor room. My bedroom was on the second ﬂoor. We ﬁgured if AMERICAN SON 47 we could just get there, we could claim in the morning that we had been there all along. There were pillars in front of the house that served as supports for the balcony off my bedroom. I pulled a chair over, got on it, and strained to reach the balcony’s railing. The combination of being drunk and standing on a rickety chair left me about as steady as a ﬁghter getting up from his third knockdown.
That never failed to amuse my classmates, who loved to make fun of poor Oscar. If you had told them I’d be known as the Golden Boy someday, they would have laughed even harder. At the end of summer, when all the stores had back-to-school promotions, I might get a notebook and some pencils. That was about it. Because money was tight, my parents never took us shopping for clothes. I had only one pair of jeans and I just kept wearing them and wearing them until I got sick of them and sick of my friends pointing at them and grabbing their stomachs in laughter.
He didn’t speak in a loud or abrasive manner. I thanked him, ﬁgured he was a fan with a lot of money, and went back to my table. As I sat down, my friends started whispering, “Do you know who that is? That’s the Mexican Maﬁa. ” Having heard of them, I became scared. The blonde wouldn’t leave, choosing instead to hang next to me. And the drinks kept AMERICAN SON 51 coming, ordered courtesy of that other table. I felt pressure. Even when I went to the restroom, I felt they were watching me. Sure enough, when I glanced over at that table, several guys were staring at me.
American Son: My Story by Oscar De La Hoya, Steve Springer