De La Hoya hires Nacho Beristain


De La Hoya hires Nacho Beristain

PRESS RELEASE: With a little over two months to go before his epic showdown with Manny Pacquiao on December 6th at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Oscar de la Hoya has made perhaps the most important decision of his career, bringing in trainer of champions, the legendary Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, to prepare him for the attack of the “Pac-Man”.


“Nacho Beristain is a great trainer who I have respected for many years and I’m honored to have him in my corner,” said De La Hoya.  “In addition to his great tactical mind and considering that he prepared Juan Manuel Marquez for two fights against Manny Pacquiao, he knows him very well.  I’m confident that with Nacho’s gameplan and my execution, we’ll be victorious on December 6th.”


“Oscar de la Hoya is one of the premier fighters of this era and I am excited about working with him for this very important fight,” said Beristain.  “I already have a plan in mind for beating Pacquiao and I know Oscar will do whatever it takes to carry that plan through on fight night.”


A member of the World Boxing Hall of Fame, Beristain is widely considered to be one of the best trainers to ever come out of Mexico .  The man in the corner of world champions Ricardo “Finito” Lopez, Gilberto Roman, Daniel “Chato” Zaragoza , Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez, Melchor Cob Castro, Beristain may be best known for his work with current superstars Juan Manuel Marquez and his brother Rafael Marquez.  Now he will lead “The Golden Boy” into one of the biggest fights of his life.


De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank and will take place on Saturday, December 6 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas , Nevada and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.


Tickets for De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao go on sale this Wednesday, September 24 at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $1,500, $1,000, $750, $500, $250 and $150, not including applicable taxes and service charges.  Ticket sales are limited to two (2) per person at each price level with a total ticket limit of four (4) per person.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000.  Tickets also are available for purchase at or  Tickets will be sold via Ticketmaster phones and website only. There will be no sales at MGM Grand or any Ticketmaster outlets.


The De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to more than 71 million pay-per-view homes.  The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD.  HBO Pay-Per-View is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry.  For De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao fight week updates, log on to