Bernard Hopkins vs Jean Pascal[12-18-10][SHOWTIME]

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Jean Pascal: “My main goal is not just to beat Bernard Hopkins but it’s to become one day the best boxer pound-for-pound in the world”

by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 103rd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (26-1, 16 KOs), who is scheduled to defend his title on December 18 against the ageless warrior Bernard Hopkins (51-5, 32 KOs). In his last f!ght, Pascal became the first man to defeat highly regarded American f!ghter Chad Dawson. Pascal spoke about his upcoming f!ght with Bernard, his friendship with Carl Froch, his victory against Chad Dawson, and more. Here is what he had to say:

On how he feels about stepping into the ring against Bernard Hopkins:

“I’m really proud. I’m really, really excited to f!ght Bernard Hopkins. He’s a living legend and that’s why I’m training really, really hard for this f!ght. Right now I’m in the best training camp that I ever had.”

On what he is doing in camp to prepare for Bernard Hopkins’ cagey style:

“I don’t really do something specific because with me I’m a perfectionist. I would like to improve everything. So I’m working on my speed, on my footwork, on my power, on my skills, on my technique, everything. My main goal is not just to beat Bernard Hopkins but it’s to become one day the best boxer pound-for-pound in the world.”

On whether he is worried that Bernard Hopkins has a little magic left in his tank given his history of big upset victories:

“Honestly, I really don’t know about that because I’m not Hopkins. I’m not in Hopkins Team, but one thing that I know is never underestimate a boxer because you never know what he can bring to the table. Bernard still has many tricks. A lot of people have doubted him but all the time he proved them wrong. That’s why I’m taking this f!ght really, really seriously. He said he’s the teacher, I’m the student, but I love to learn the art of the game. I love to learn everything. He said he wants to bring me to school, so on December 18 I’m going to school with Bernard but I just hope for him he’s a great teacher, because I’m a great student.”

His views on Hopkins’ career accomplishments and where he ranks him:

“Hopkins is a living legend. He’s going to go in the Hall of Fame. I think for me, Bernard is one of the top six or seven boxers ever. He won twenty defenses straight, so that’s a big accomplishment. He beat up Antonio Tarver when he was at 160 and went straight up to 175 pounds and that was great because Antonio Tarver had just beaten Roy Jones Junior. He also fought Kelly Pavlik when Pavlik was at the top. So he has really, really great things on his resume so it’s really hard to tell.”

On why he is taking a f!ght with Hopkins given the fact many view this as a high risk/low reward situation considering Hopkins’ age:

“Because I like to roll the dice. I am a high roller. I love to take risks in the ring and outside of the ring. Bernard Hopkins is a living legend so it would be a good start. To beat a legend is to become a legend myself some day.”

His opinion on the fact that Bernard Hopkins and Nazim Richardson both seemed to suggest that the reason Pascal was able to beat Chad Dawson had more to do with what Dawson didn’t do than what Pascal did do:

“No, they are both completely right about that because Dawson, he didn’t do a lot of things during my f!ght, but the thing they have to understand is that I made him look bad. You see, he didn’t do a lot of things because of me. It’s not because it was a bad night for Chad Dawson. He was off. He was off, but he was off because of Jean Pascal. I made him look that way and I just exposed Chad Dawson, so of course Chad Dawson didn’t do this and that. The reason why he didn’t wasn’t because he was off, it was because of me.”

On whether he believes Chad Dawson can rebound and come back from the loss:

“Honestly, that’s really hard to judge because I’m not in his mind. If Chad Dawson has a strong mind and a strong head and he has a lot of confidence, then of course he will have the ability to bounce back. But if he has a poor mentality and I took away his confidence, it’s going to be really, really hard for him to bounce back, especially if he wants to f!ght me because next time I’m going to knock him out.”

On whether he believes Bernard Hopkins showed signs of decline in his last two f!ghts against Roy Jones and Enrique Ornelas, or whether those two presented difficult style match-ups which made it hard to look good:

“Exactly, styles make f!ghts and also I think that Bernard didn’t have the same motivation that he has right now for his last two f!ghts. Of course against Roy Jones he had something, but that was seventeen years ago. I think he still wants to upset the world. He still wants to shock the world. So I am a good target for that and because of that, I’m giving him a lot of energy and motivation to train hard and to get the discipline that he used to have. That’s why I’m expecting Bernard Hopkins to be in great shape and bring his A-game.”

On whether he ever imagined he would someday f!ght Bernard Hopkins after first turning pro:

“When I turned pro in 2005, of course not because I was telling myself at the time when I reach the top he will be gone. I figured I would be f!ghting Jermain Taylor. So right now that I’m f!ghting Bernard Hopkins and Taylor is gone, it’s kind of a shock for me. It’s kind of weird, but I like that because Bernard Hopkins is a really good name compared to Jermain Taylor. I do have a lot of respect for Jermain Taylor, but in terms of accomplishments Bernard Hopkins is a way bigger name for me. So to have Bernard Hopkins on my resume will be awesome. Like I said, it will be a good start to become a legend myself some day.”

On how him and Carl Froch came to share such a high level of mutual respect for each other:

“Because Carl is a great boxer, but he also is a great man. I think he has the same way to see myself. After the f!ght we talked a little bit, not that much. In the ring is in the ring. Outside of the ring is outside of the ring, and after he beat me in December 2008, he called me up in 2010 to give him help against Jermain Taylor. So I went to spar with him and we’ve become good friends after that.”

His views on Carl Froch’s one-sided victory against Arthur Abraham:

“Of course I saw the f!ght against Arthur Abraham. It was quite an impressive f!ght. Carl Froch fought the perfect f!ght against that type of boxer, and I’m really glad that he won the f!ght. He has a good chance to win the whole tournament now, but right now I don’t think about Carl Froch. I’m thinking about Bernard Hopkins and this is the opponent I’m going to have in front of me on December 18, so all of my focus is on Bernard Hopkins.”

His views on the fact that Roy Jones Junior has picked him to beat Bernard Hopkins:

“Well he knows what I can bring up on the table and he knows I’m willing to die in the ring to win a f!ght. He knows that I’m young. I have skills, but I also have a lot of ambition and dreams so he knows that no one can stop me right now.”

On whether he can ever envision a scenario where he moves up to a higher weight class:

“You know right now I’m focusing on B-Hops, but of course I see myself in the future to f!ght Carl. I see myself going up to cruiserweight, even heavyweight. Right now those things are far ahead and I’m focusing on Bernard Hopkins.”

On what a win against Hopkins would mean to him in terms of accomplishments in his career:

“It means everything. It means everything to me and it means a lot for the fans, because it’s going to mean it’s a time for a new era. I’m going to start my own dynasty and when I f!ght Bernard and beat Bernard, it’s going to be time for a new era. There is going to be a new face on boxing for the light heavyweight division and I think the fans are going to love that and I’m going to start to build my legacy as well.”

On how he sees this bout between him and Hopkins playing out from the opening bell to the finish:

“Listen, this f!ght is going to be an awesome f!ght. That’s why you guys have a must-see on December 18 on Showtime. I’m going to match up with everything that Bernard Hopkins brings to the table. If he wants to f!ght dirty, we’ll f!ght dirty. If he wants to f!ght respectfully and clean, it’s going to be a clean f!ght. But one thing is for sure, it’s going to be a great f!ght. I’m going to bring my A-game, and if Bernard wants to brawl we can brawl, but I don’t think we’re going to brawl for a long time. If he wants to be technical, we’re going to be technical as well, too.”

His official prediction for his upcoming f!ght against Bernard Hopkins:

“The result is going to be a great, great f!ght. I’m about to make history on December 18 and like I said to Bernard, ‘What time is it?’—it’s about time for a new era. So this is going to be the beginning of a new era on Showtime on December 18.”

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Bernard Hopkins: I Plan To Win Big Against Jean Pascal


Quebec City, Canada - When Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins faces WBC, Ring Magazine and IBO Light Heavyweight Champion Jean Pascal on December 18 at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada live on SHOWTIME® in the U.S. and on pay-per-view in Canada, he will be 28 days shy of his forty-sixth birthday. If Hopkins defeats Pascal, he will become the oldest f!ghter in the history of the sport to win a significant world title, 38 days older than "Big" George Foreman was when he defeated Michael Moorer for the Heavyweight World title on November 5, 1994.

"The difference between me and Foreman is that most people didn't think Foreman could do it. He was the underdog of all underdogs when he faced Moorer," Hopkins said. "Not only do people think I can win, they think I can win big, and I plan on proving them right."

Despite his age, Hopkins has shown no signs of slowing down. He has won five of his last six f!ghts and is no stranger to facing younger opponents with five of his in-ring rivals having been over a decade younger than him during his 22-year career. The most notable of these was Kelly Pavlik, whom Hopkins defeated on October 18, 2008. At the time of the Pavlik vs. Hopkins f!ght, the 17-year age gap between the two foes was the largest of Hopkins' career, until now.

Because Pascal is six months younger than Pavlik, there is a nearly 18 year age disparity between Hopkins and the Light Heavyweight World Champion Pascal, which is serving as a motivating factor in this f!ght for "The Executioner."

"Youth doesn't bother me," said Hopkins. "I have faced youth. Pascal hasn't faced someone like me. He hasn't faced a legend. He is hosting me in his country, on his turf, defending his title. He has a lot to be nervous about on top of the fact that when he looks in the opposite corner on f!ght night, he is going to see greatness. I can only add to my legacy. I can only continue to make history and back-up what I have already accomplished."

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 12-15-2010, 09:42 PM         #53
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i pick pascal which is risky but hop always had trouble with f!ghters with fast hands and a high workrate....i think pascal with outwork him and score a boring 12 round dec
 7 years ago '06        #54
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at Hopkins punking Pascal.
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chit just got real
already in his head...treated him like a little kid

f!ghts still probably gonna be a dull one though
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SHOWTIME Super Six Semifinalists & Other Top f!ghters Weigh In On Saturday's Pascal-Hopkins Matchup

NEW YORK (Dec. 16, 2010) – Super Six World Boxing Classic semifinalists Glen Johnson and Carl Froch have been in world title f!ghts against Two-Time World Champion Bernard Hopkins and WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Jean Pascal, respectively, and like Arthur Abraham, they are picking Pascal to beat the 45-year-old Hopkins on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) on Saturday, Dec. 18, from the Pepsi Coliseum in Québec City, Canada. There are three other world-ranked f!ghters, however, who feel the wily veteran with 57 career professional f!ghts will have enough to dethrone Pascal.

“I think just being in Canada really helps Pascal and that will be the difference,“ said Johnson, like Hopkins a member of the 40-and-over club. “It’s going to be great f!ght and very close and based on the crowd’s reaction, Pascal wins. I really think this has the chance to be the f!ght of the year..“

Hopkins knocked out Johnson back in 1997 to win the IBF middleweight title.

Current WBC and WBO No. 3-ranked welterweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez sees things differently and believes Hopkins’ experience will win out. “Hopkins will win because he’s too experienced and tricky for Jean,” he said.

Froch, who beat Pascal for the WBC super middleweight world title at the end of 2008 by decision in Nottingham, England, said Pascal is his choice, but not just because he beat him. “The obvious would be to declare that Jean Pascal is going to win. Because I have the victory over him, it would make my record even better if I could state that a guy that I beat, went on to beat Hopkins, but that would be cynical and easy to spot. The reality is that I want Jean Pascal to win this f!ght and I think he can. Pascal is on the way up and Hopkins, while not really on the way down, has definitely hit a ceiling with regards to work rate.“

The age-defying Hopkins won the World Middleweight title on SHOWTIME in 1995 and successfully defended it 20 times, solidifying his place as one of the most prolific 160-pound world champions in history.

The 27-year-old Pascal, who was just 5 years old when Hopkins turned pro in 1988, is hoping to start a dynasty of his own. This will be the fourth defense of the WBC crown for the popular local favorite and his first of his Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Championship.

Here are what the four Super Six semifinalists and other f!ghters think about the Pascal vs. Hopkins matchup:

Super Six No. 1 seeded Andre Ward (no pick): “I think it could be a very entertaining f!ght. Bernard is trying to put an exclamation point on a great career and his legacy. Jean is trying to establish his legacy by beating a legend in Bernard so this f!ght has a great storyline. I have no prediction because I consider both of them friends, and I’m going to sit back and enjoy this f!ght as a fan."

Super Six No. 2 seeded Carl Froch (Pascal): "I think Jean Pascal will take this on points. I think the wily fox has a few gray whiskers now and he may be cute in the opening rounds, but Jean Pascal's sheer will to win can be what seals the deal.”

"If you add in the fantastic Canadian boxing fans -- all screaming their lungs out for whatever Pascal does in every round -- then it's going to be a very big ask for Hopkins to pull it off.”

"But how many times have people written wonderful old Bernard off? How many times has Bernard proved everybody wrong? That is what makes this f!ght so interesting. I can't wait to see both men get it on from ringside, but right now, I'm going for a close victory for Pascal. "

Former Junior Welterweight World Champion Paulie Malignaggi (Hopkins): “This is a very tough f!ght to call. Bernard has the opportunity to do something special and become the oldest world champ in history. Pascal is younger and brings a high energy level, plus the crowd backing him will motivate him a lot. I think this will be a close f!ght with Bernard definitely frustrating Pascal in spurts and with Pascal having success as well while pushing Hopkins to f!ght at a pace faster than he would like. I honestly think it will be very close and I think Bernard will get the decision up there.”

Super Six No. 3 Seeded Glen Johnson (Pascal): “It’s hard for me to give a definite answer on who is going to win based on what I saw when Hopkins fought Roy Jones. I guess I would have to pick Pascal. But if a better Hopkins shows up, then I have to go with Hopkins because Pascal is a guy who starts strong but fades after five or six rounds. The question is, if Hopkins will be able to take advantage of that. If I had to pick someone, I would say Pascal because he is f!ghting at home.”

Former Super Bantamweight World Champion Israel Vazquez (Hopkins): "Hopkins will win by decision. He has the most experience."

Super Six No. 4 seeded Arthur Abraham (Pascal): "Pascal will win because he is young and fast. Hopkins is not the same f!ghter he used to be, but he is and will always be a legend for me!"

Former WBC Junior Middleweight World Champion Sergio Mora (Hopkins): “I think Hopkins is something special and special f!ghters find a way to win when people feel they can't. Pascal is young, strong and hungry, he reminds me of a bigger Andre Berto. But like Berto, Pascal hasn't faced a quality opponent. He especially hasn’t faced a legend like Bernard. Hopkins by decision.”

"Dynasty: Pascal vs. Hopkins" is promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel Inc. and Golden Boy Promotions and presented by the Casino de Montreal, The City of Québec Tourism, Coors Light and Videotron. In addition to airing live on SHOWTIME, the event will be distributed live on pay-per-view in Canada on Canal Indigo, Bell TV, Shaw TV and Viewer's Choice in French and English at 7:00 p.m. ET.
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chit just got real
Bernard b**ched this fool got him looking down at the stare down
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