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In Las Vegas, Oscar De La Hoya voices 2020 presidential aspirations

Canelo Alverez & 'GGG' Golovkin L.A. Weigh In

Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau

Former champion and Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Productions Oscar De La Hoya salutes the crowd during the weigh in for the Canelo vs. Golovkin fight card Friday, September 15, 2017, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

It's fight week in Las Vegas, so crazy things are often said.

But Oscar De La Hoya insists he's seriously considering a run at President of the United States in 2020, as a Democrat.

"It's real," De La Hoya told reporters of his interest Tuesday, while promoting Saturday's fight between Saul "Canelo" Alverez and Gennady Golovkin.

"That's the beauty of our nation," De La Hoya said. "If Arnold (Schwarzenegger) can be governor, if (Donald) 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 presidency?"

De La Hoya is 45 years old and said he began considering a run for political office "many years ago." He insists he has the financial backing to make a run.

Two years ago, De La Hoya accused Trump of cheating at golf, which the current president denies. This would be a different kind of showdown.