Oscar De La Hoya planning 2020 presidential run

Boxing great says he'd run as Democrat

Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Oscar De La Hoya

Talk about a politician who would know how to roll with the punches.

According to a report from USA Today, legendary boxer Oscar De La Hoya says he's planning to run for president in 2020.

That's what De La Hoya told a group of reporters Tuesday in Las Vegas, where he's promoting Saturday's middleweight rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.

The 45-year-old former Olympic champ said he'll run as a Democrat.

"If Arnold [Schwarzenegger] can be governor, if 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 president?" De La Hoya said. "That's the beauty of our nation."

If the retired boxer sticks with his presidential plans, his personal life will likely become a factor in his eventual campaign.

De La Hoya has had well-publicized problems with drugs and alcohol and has spent time in rehab.

"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.'"

Distributed by LAKANA. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.