How Edwin Valero with dirty tactics gave Oscar De La Hoya a black eye before Manny Pacquiao fight
By Johnny Benz, Doghouse Boxing (Sept 7, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
Edwin Valero
By Johnny Benz, Doghouse Boxing - In a recent interview with "Nacho" Beristain, conducted by MaxBoxing's Gabriel Montoya, the subject of late Edwin Valero giving Oscar De La Hoya a black eye came up.  Montoya had heard that Valero (and not Victor Ortiz as had been reported by various media outlets) gave De La Hoya a blackened eye in a sparring session and also had bet large amounts of cash against De La Hoya in favor of Manny Pacquiao knocking him out. (Valero had been a sparring partner for Oscar in lead up to De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao). Beristain confirmed the black eye part, but stressed the punch Valero threw at De La Hoya was a dirty shot (came after the bell) and was the last straw before he canned the Venezuelan fighter.

Montoya writes: On the media day for that fight, held in Big Bear, CA where Oscar was training, De La Hoya was sporting a black eye. While some reports claimed it was from a sparring session with Golden Boy Promotions fighter Victor Ortiz, I had heard that Valero, who bet a large amount of cash on Pacquiao to knock out Oscar, was in fact the culprit. Beristain confirmed this. 

“Yes. He threw a punch after time was over,” said Beristain. ‘Time was over’ meaning after the bell had rung in a sparring session. “The next day, I chucked him out. That's why he disliked me. Whenever he would see me, he would not say hello. Oscar's brother said, ‘No, he's not leaving.’ I told him, ‘Yes, he is leaving; he is leaving now.’ So Joel went to complain to Oscar. Oscar told Joel, ‘You have to obey. If Don Nacho said he goes, he goes.’”

Nacho is a straight shooter... he don't mess around. To appreciate it all, you got to read the interview. Click here now for ir: : A Conversation with Nacho Beristain by Gabriel Montoya, MaxBoxing. Nacho had more to say about Valero and De La Hoya, plus shared his thoughts on Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Manny Pacquiao III and tons more.


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