Re: Is De La Hoya overated?
As to this thread itself, no way known was Oscar overated. If a few more had his desire to test himself against the best then boxing would be in a much better state today.
He had some fine skills, a beautiful left hand, was quick, had a great chin and was entertaining to watch primarily because he was almost always matched with stiff competition.
Even though his time at 135 was brief I rank him extremely high there h2h. His combination of size,speed and concussive power would trouble and likely beat some more higher regarded lightweights in my opinion.
Perhaps one knock on him was he never seemed to completely settle on a style that suited him best. He sometimes looked stuck between a desire to be a stalk and destroy type sometimes and other times a more cautious boxer. That may be a result of him changing trainers so often but personally I always preferred when he had that Ruelas/Mayorga mindset. He was brutally effective in that style.