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Hopkins: Floyd Mayweather is Not Taking Canelo Lightly

By Rick Reeno

IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins says Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26KOs) is taking WBC/WBA junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (42-0-1, 30KOs) very seriously. The fight, which is contracted for a catch-weight of 152-pounds, happens later tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Showtime Pay-Per-View will carry the card.

For weeks, Mayweather has been attacking Canelo's past opponents and downplaying his career accomplishments. The verbal attacks and some of Mayweather's televised antics are nothing more than mind games, says Hopkins.

"What Floyd is pointing out, as far as I can tell...I can't put words in his mouth or in his head, but he's pointing out things to make them second guess what they're thinking and what they think they've done. If I say to you - 'you fought this guy, you fought that guy, you fought that guy's brother.' That's just me telling you that you know you have doubts because you didn't fight qualified people. Floyd is not underestimating nobody because that's not in his makeup. He lives, whether you like or not, to show and prove that he can say and do whatever he likes and still go to the well - whether it's in training, or fighting in the ring," Hopkins told BoxingScene.com.

"He wants to show that I can drink Coca Cola, that I can eat this or eat that. As a matter of fact I can eat skittles and I can still go out there and beat you. But he ain't doing that all the time. He just ate it that second, or that minute, but he's not doing that all the time. So we get sucked into thinking that's him, but that's not him. That's him for the cameras. You think that he's coming to a gun fight without a gun and he's got five of them with the exra clip."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by smifnwessun on 09-14-2013

FLoyd Mayweather is smarter than bernard hopkins .....hopkins is on the wrong team

Comment by Reloaded on 09-14-2013

[QUOTE=Bushbaby;13743474]The bold is a flat out lie. Keep winning against solid fighters sure. But against the best in the world?? Nope.:nono:[/QUOTE] Its not a lie in the sense it was written , best not meaning the single best , best…

Comment by LeonSpinxMwfpce on 09-14-2013

[QUOTE=Muscles72;13743500]He's right and anyone who thinks for a second that Floyd is takin Canelo lightly is gravely mistake just look at Floyd's physique and that tells it all.[B]man works hard and has all the skills like him or hate him…

Comment by Muscles72 on 09-14-2013

He's right and anyone who thinks for a second that Floyd is takin Canelo lightly is gravely mistake just look at Floyd's physique and that tells it all.man works hard and has all the skills like him or hate him…

Comment by Bushbaby on 09-14-2013

[QUOTE=Reloaded;13743464]Look at the weighin , Floyd walks out with the bad head on , raises his arms and beats on his chest while sneering at the Canelo fans , then turns around and Schafer is standing 6 ft behind him…

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