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De La Hoya has been missing in action

A bonus batch of random thoughts this week &#8230;

&#8226; Does Oscar De La Hoya want to be a real promoter or just be the figurehead for Golden Boy Promotions while everyone else at his company does the hard work? Although he has talked about rolling up his sleeves and getting serious, he has been MIA for some very important recent events. He didn't bother to show up for the Bernard Hopkins-Roy Jones fight in April, which needed every single bit of promotional effort that could be mustered. He was a nonentity during the massive Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Shane Mosley promotion, odd given that he could have offered keen insight because he fought both. He was nowhere to be seen during fight week except for a cameo at the postfight news conference. Last week, he didn't even show up in New York for the American debut of Amir Khan, whom Golden Boy considers one of its most significant signings. When you sign somebody you hail as a future superstar and he crosses the pond for the first time for an HBO fight at Madison Square Garden, shouldn't the face of the company be in the house to help promote the event? When I sat down with Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer in New York, I asked him about De La Hoya's noticeable absences and he was clearly uncomfortable with the question, perhaps because he's the one doing most of the work. He mentioned something about De La Hoya and his family recently moving from Puerto Rico back to Los Angeles full-time, but that rings hollow. You don't blow off fight week for Mayweather-Mosley -- the biggest fight of the year so far -- or Khan's important night because you moved. Schaefer stumbled a bit through his answer and I got a lot of him looking down and shrugging. I could tell he was frustrated and restraining himself from being critical of his partner and close friend. This week, De La Hoya was a no-show for the news conference in Los Angeles promoting Saturday night's fourth Israel Vazquez-Rafael Marquez fight at the Staples Center.

&#8226; Does anyone else fear for Showtime announcer Gus Johnson's life on Saturday night? He didn't call the first three Vazquez-Marquez fights, but I think if No. 4 is even remotely as exciting as the first three chapters, his head might explode while he is deliriously shrieking about the action.

&#8226; Yet another of the billion-plus reasons why the WBC is an absolutely disgusting organization: In the May rankings, president for life Jose Sulaiman and his puppets rank Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. No. 1 in the junior middleweight division (which, by the way, he doesn't even fight in any more). There are no words to describe the utter fraudulence of such a rating. Almost as big of a joke is Antonio Margarito -- out for 16 months for trying to cheat with loaded gloves against Mosley before returning to win a nothing fight at 154 pounds a couple of weeks ago -- being absurdly ranked No. 2. There should be an investigation.

&#8226; Following Alfredo "Perro" Angulo's recent 11th-round knockout of Joel "Love Child" Julio, promoter Gary Shaw said he would love for Angulo to fight Miguel Cotto, should Cotto defeat Yuri Foreman on June 5. It certainly would be a tremendous fight. Shaw agreed. "Great fight with two bangers," he said. "Same fight Cotto had with Margarito, except no loaded hand wraps."

&#8226; Not all that long ago, a fight between Kelly Pavlik and Arthur Abraham would have been one of boxing's most anticipated. The sides talked about it but never got really serious, and now it doesn't mean anything. Abraham was dominated and outclassed by Andre Dirrell not too long ago, and a few weeks later Sergio Martinez took apart Pavlik to win the middleweight title. Pavlik-Abraham is now down the drain, likely forever.

&#8226; Separated at birth: heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko and Evan Lysacek, the Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater turned "Dancing with the Stars" finalist. (My wife and I watch every week.)

&#8226; Last week, promoter Don King issued a press release noting that after winning an injunction to prevent Ricardo Mayorga from participating in a mixed martial arts pay-per-view match, he was ordered by the judge to post a $1 million bond, as per Florida law. King bragged in the release about how, with most businesses that could help him conduct a transaction of that magnitude closed on Saturday, he left the Fort Lauderdale courthouse and returned before the deadline to present the judge with two duffel bags containing $1 million in cash to fulfill his obligation to the court. "I felt like I was Clint Eastwood in a movie, speeding down the highway with a fistful of dollars," King said after posting the bond. My initial thought? I wondered if the duffel bags were the same ones he once filled with cash to seduce then-heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman into signing with him.

&#8226; I know it's too much to expect, but I really wish Sauerland Event's June 5 show in Germany was available on American TV. It features two very interesting fights: Sebastian Sylvester defending his middleweight belt against Roman Karmazin and Steve Cunningham facing Troy Ross for a vacant cruiserweight belt.

&#8226; Is it me or is the junior lightweight division pretty pathetic right now? When the top three guys are Roman Martinez, Takashi Uchiyama and Mzonke Fana, you know there isn't much to look forward to.

&#8226; Whatever you think about heavyweight Cristobal Arreola, he sure is endearing in his postfight interviews, whether he's cursing or not. I rewatched some of his recent fight with Tomasz Adamek the other day and still chuckle during Arreola's postfight interview, during which he uttered perhaps the quote of the year after his tough loss: "Look at me, I look like f---ing Shrek right now." That is classic. And P.S.: After he returned to the fight hotel that night, he hung out and drank beers with Adamek's Polish fans, who mobbed him for photos and autographs.

&#8226; Let's all keep Showtime broadcaster Nick Charles, who is fighting advanced bladder cancer about as hard as Arturo Gatti and Diego Corrales would fight in the ring, in our thoughts and prayers. When I saw him in Las Vegas in April, he was in good spirits and told me he was ready for the ultimate battle. I know it's a hard one, especially after losing my best friend to ovarian cancer in December.

&#8226; Happy birthday to promoter Lou DiBella, who hit the big five-oh on Monday and celebrated by taking a day off from emotional meltdowns. By the way, besides being a boxing promoter, "The DiB" is also the owner of a minor league baseball team, the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. The team moved from Norwich, Conn., to Richmond, Va., this season and was renamed the Richmond Flying Squirrels (one of the greatest nicknames ever). You know what they call DiBella around the baseball offices? The head nut.

&#8226; Bonus DVD pick of the week: It's not exactly a classic, but I had a chance to view a DVD of the Jean Marc Mormeck-Fres Oquendo heavyweight fight that took place May 6 in Paris. On the road in Mormeck's home country, Oquendo got the shaft. Mormeck, a former unified cruiserweight titlist fighting in his second bout at heavyweight following a two-year layoff, probably isn't going anywhere as a heavyweight based on this performance. The three judges had it for Mormeck, 96-95 (twice) and 96-94. Pathetic. Watching the DVD, I had it more like 98-92 for Oquendo. Maybe you could give Mormeck another round or two, but to have him winning is preposterous. Oquendo appeared to land harder shots than Mormeck and he was way busier. Square Ring, Oquendo's promoter, had CompuBox compile punch statistics off the DVD, and the numbers illustrate the fight that I saw. According to the stats, Oquendo landed 158 of 745 punches, while Mormeck landed just 103 of 331 blows. It's a candidate for robbery of the year.