- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Oscar De La Hoya has admitted publicly why he won’t be ringside during the Mayweather vs. Canelo fight this weekend — he’s heading to rehab again.

“I will not be at the fight this Saturday to cheer Canelo to victory since I have voluntarily admitted myself into a treatment facility,” De La Hoya said in a statement Tuesday.

“I explained this to Canelo and he understood that my health and longterm recovery from my disease must come first,” he added. “Thank you for your understanding. I ask for your support and privacy during this difficult time for me and my family.”

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The former world champion fighter checked into rehab back in 2011 for cocaine and alcohol, TMZ reported.