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It's game on for De La Hoya ahead of PacMan fight

Oscar De La Hoya has taken his lumps outside the ring as well as he has inside of it over the years. But question the loyalty of his Mexican fans? That's going too far, writes Robert Morales.

Originally Published: December 2, 2008
By Robert Morales | Special to ESPN.com

If insults were like punches, Oscar De La Hoya would have been beaten to death a long time ago.

"He has been in this position so many times with 'player haters,'" said Eric Gomez, De La Hoya's boyhood friend and matchmaker at Golden Boy Promotions. "Felix Trinidad Jr. called him chicken; Fernando Vargas called him gay and everything in the book."

Ahead of Saturday's welterweight megafight with Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas, it's De La Hoya's style and heart that are being called ...

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