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Classy De La Hoya will be missed

Updated: April 16, 2009, 4:58 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

The first time I met Oscar De La Hoya was a few days before his first fight with Shane Mosley, in June 2000. I was in the press room at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which was hosting its first fight card, when Top Rank promoter Bob Arum called me over and introduced me to the Golden Boy.

"This is Dan Rafael, the new boxing guy at USA Today," Arum said to De La Hoya.

De La Hoya shook my hand, flashed his million-dollar smile and said, "I guess that means ...

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