By Elisa Harrison
Updated: August 29, 2005



MIAMI, FLA.—For these two champions, it’s more than a fight…It’s history.

The biggest middleweight championship of our time, with four world titles on the line, is set as Oscar De La Hoya takes on Bernard Hopkins in “Quest For History” at MGM Grand on Saturday, September 18.

De La Hoya, an eight-time world champion in six different weight classes, is the holder of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight title. Hopkins is regarded by many as pound for pound the most feared champion in boxing today. Hopkins is the World Boxing Council (WBC), World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) world middleweight champion.

For the first time, all four of those middleweight titles will be on the line in a championship bout.

“During my career, Top Rank has promoted some of the greatest, most exciting events in the history of our sport. I’m privileged and honored to promote another historic match with two future Hall of Famers on Sept. 18,” said Bob Arum, President of Top Rank, Inc.

“This is the Super Bowl of boxing, an event that is bigger than the sport, an event which will capture the attention of people from around the world…and yes against all odds Oscar De La Hoya will prevail,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Enterprises.

“De La Hoya-Hopkins is one of those legendary match-ups between two great champions which will impact both fighters’ place in history,” said Mark Taffet, HBO Senior Vice President of Sports Operations & Pay-Per-View. “It is this generation’s Leonard-Hagler and a very special night for sports fans.”

“We look forward to hosting this historical championship boxing event at MGM Grand,” said Richard Sturm, President and COO for MGM MIRAGE Entertainment and Sports. “We anticipate another sensational evening and know these two great champions will show why they are two of the greatest fighters in the history of the sport.”

De La Hoya, the Golden Boy from East L.A., is a star performer in world championship bouts, with a record of 23-3 with a world title on the line. De La Hoya has defeated 17 current or former world champions, one of them twice.

Hopkins is one of the best middleweights in boxing history. A pro for over 15 ½ years, Bernard holds the all-time record for the number of successful middleweight world title defenses with 18.

The former middleweight world champions who follow Bernard in that category have already been inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York – Carlos Monzon with 14, and Marvelous Marvin Hagler with 12. Bernard is also the first undisputed middleweight world champion since Hagler in the mid-1980’s.

Bernard is unbeaten in his last 24 fights, 22-0-1, 1 no contest, dating back to August 1993.

“This is, by far, the biggest fight of my life,” said De La Hoya. “I am taking on the king of the middleweights. Hopkins is very, very strong and I know I am in deep water. I will fight with all my heart on Sept. 18.

Hopkins said, “Oscar has never ducked a challenge. He has always fought the best there is. That’s what makes this such a big, historical fight.”

Tickets are priced at $1700, $1200, $800, $550 and $350 not including applicable service charges, are on sale at MGM Grand Garden Arena box office.

Tickets are also sold at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations. Ticket sales are limited to (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets are also available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com

For room packages, availability and event ticket information about MGM Grand, call (800) 929-1111 or (702) 891-7777 or log onto the World Wide Web at www.mgmgrand.com The De La Hoya vs. Hopkins pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT on September 18, has a suggested retail price of $54.95, will be distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to over 48 million pay-per-view homes. HBO Pay-Per-View is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry.

For more event information log onto www.HBOPPV.com