Damian Dovarganes, Associated Press
Boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya, smiles after a news conference where he announced plans for his eventual retirement from the sport.

CARSON, Calif. — Oscar De La Hoya plans to fight three times this year, then retire.

"I'm at that stage of my career now where I can't take it further," the 35-year-old De La Hoya said Tuesday. "I can't go on for the next two years, three years. It's just time to hang up the gloves.

"This is the year."

De La Hoya was speaking with a small group of reporters after a news conference in Carson, Calif., to discuss his May 3 bout against Steve Forbes, a runner-up on television's "Tournament of Contenders."

A former champion in five weight classes and one of boxing's most recognizable fighters, De La Hoya wants to meet Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a September rematch of their bout last May. Mayweather won by split decision.

A third fight, if all goes according to De La Hoya's plan, would be determined afterward. He has a 38-5 record, with 30 knockouts, but has lost three of his last five.