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De La Hoya Faux-tos Still Seem Fake

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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FIGHTING BACK De La Hoya (Photo: Getty Images)

Last last night, X17, the photo agency that posted pictures of fighter Oscar De La Hoya allegedly dressed in drag and posing for a series of, well, breathtaking shots, got back to to answer the fighter's reps' claims that the pics were fake. But X17's backup for the pics is less than convincing.

"We have a statement signed by the woman who claims to have taken the photos saying that she took the images with her own camera and therefore holds the copyright. We also have the camera information intact ... that fits with the seller's story," says an X17 spokesperson via e-mail.

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But does it? Time codes attached to all five shots would suggest the photo session lasted only seven seconds, between 9:36:17 a.m. and 9:36:24 a.m. De La Hoya is renowned for his speed, but it would take superhero-like quickness on the part of the camera person and the fighter to strike five different poses in different rooms while changing in and out of a wig, a fedora, and boxing gloves—all in seven seconds.

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UPDATE: X17 explains that the seven-second time lapse refers to when the photos were uploaded into its system, not when they were taken. The times between the actual snaps is not indicated.



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