Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya says he's running for president

LAS VEGAS, NV (WCMH) -- "It's real."

Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya says he's running for president in 2020.

The former six-weight world title holder and 1992 Olympic gold medal winner told USA Today he'll run as a Democrat.

"That’s the beauty of our nation," De La Hoya said. "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?”

De La Hoya made the announcement in Las Vegas, where he is promoting an upcoming boxing match between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.

De La Hoya, 45, was born in Los Angeles. He became a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico in 2002. He's the first Mexican-American to own a boxing promotional firm and is also a co-owner of the MLS franchise, the Houston Dynamo.

If his campaign picks up national traction, his personal life will likely come under scrutiny. De La Hoya has had well-publicized problems with drugs and alcohol and has spent time in rehab.

However, he's confident who would be able to get enough support to win the presidency.

"As I got older, I get wiser 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,’” De La Hoya said.

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