Advertisement
Advertisement

Majeski: Hopkins Won't Perform as Well With Pascal

By Michael Marley

Globetrotting boxing agent Donald Majeski is on the scene in Montreal where, on Saturday night a lively crowd of 16,000 plus fight fans will see a rematch between Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins for the WBC/IBO light heavyweight titles. One interesting angle to the fight is the selection of judges from The Philippines, Thailand and Italy to go along with a referee from the United Kingdom.

The WBC has gone to great lengths to avoid any accusations of Quebec favoritism for Pascal in this light heavyweight title bout. If hunches were lunches, I’d never go hungry.

My thought is - Hopkins, age 46 but a spry 46 - will take the Quebec fighter the 12 round limit like he did in Quebec City on December 18. Back then, Hopkins overcame two knockdowns to get a draw in a fight most nonpartisans, myself included, felt he won. The boxing bookies have Pascal a slight 7-5 favorite presumably because he's on home grounds but the seeming neutrality of the four selected officials seems to negate that.

Some wise guy even put a number for another draw outcome, you bet one dollar to win $2,200. Somebody put me down for $100 on that enticing prop.

BHop's Hall Of Fame resume shows him at 51-5-2, 32 KOs, while Pascal is a relative novice at 26-1-1, 16 knockouts.

As for Pascal-BHop II, I think Hopkins will avoid hitting the deck and do enough to merit a split decision. But I checked in with Majeski, who advises promoter Yvon Michel (Pascal) for his take on the situation. Majeski admitted not beating the much older man this time would hurt the 19 years younger Pascal’s career.

“You don’t beat a 46 year old guy in back to back fights then I guess it would say Pascal is not as good as we thought,” the College Points, Queens, resident said after the official weigh in on Friday night. (HBO is showing the rematch, the first bout was on Showtime in the USA.)

“But I think Pascal can start fighting earlier than he did last time. I think he can win more rounds. But Pascal has to improve on what he did in the first fight. I don’t see Hopkins fighting as well as he did the first time, not at his advanced age.”

Majeski said, despite allegations Pascal made and then later withdrew about BHop possibly being a drug cheater, the fight week discourse has been relatively civil.

“Bernard has been his usual bombastic self but he has not been nasty,” Majeski said. “They exchanged some words at the weigh-in and Hopkins was four ounces heavy but no punches were thrown.”

There’s not much cooking among the 175-pounders so I guess, in one way, Old Man River, er I mean Old Man Hopkins, is the light heavyweight straw that stirs the drink.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeadUppercut on 05-23-2011

[QUOTE=LeadUppercut;10578123]Hopkins is a jedi master, it all depends on how much he has left. We would not even be discussing this 5-6 years ago.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=Brouillard;10578650]if he does come out and manage to be even more dominant than he was last…

Comment by Tiozzo on 05-21-2011

[QUOTE=LeadUppercut;10578123]All things happen for a reason. Me-thinks that maybe you under-estimate Hopkins ;) [B]Hopkins Forces Opponents To Stop Punching..... [/B] [url]http://www.boxingscene.com/compubox-hopkins-forces-opponents-stop-punching--39409[/url] Hopkins is a jedi master, it all depends on how much he has left. We would not even be…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 05-21-2011

[QUOTE=Brouillard;10572727]all I'm saying is that Hopkins won't do so well if Pascal stands his ground more and has better stamina we'll see tomorrow night...[/QUOTE] All things happen for a reason. Me-thinks that maybe you under-estimate Hopkins ;) [B]Hopkins Forces Opponents…

Comment by mrbigshot on 05-21-2011

[QUOTE=Brouillard;10572727]his body work wasn't that effective, he was landing a lot on the cob protector, and he's no puncher what exactly doesn't make sense in my post anyway ? I believe Pascal started backpedalling when his stamina started to decrease…

Comment by Taranazan on 05-21-2011

Before the first fight, Hopkins said he was glad to be an underdog, because that's when he performs best. Problem is, this time around most people see him winning.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (18)
Top Headlines Video: George Groves on Murray Win, World Title Shot Next Video: Eddie Hearn on Golovkin vs. Eubank, Joshua vs. Parker Eubank Jr: I Can't Wait To Take Golovkin's Scalp in England! Video: Jessie Vargas Reacts To Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter Thurman-Porter Most Watched Bout of 2016 To Date Anthony Johsua: Wilder, Fury, Haye - I'd Fight Any of Them! Video: Dominic Breazeale Reflects on KO Loss To Anthony Joshua Photos: Anthony Joshua Beats Up Breazeale, Knocks Him Out Team Fury Vehemently Denies Doping Allegations Anthony Joshua Eyes November Defense, With Joseph Parker Photos: Thurman vs. Porter Barclays War - MONSTER Gallery Keith Thurman Reiterates Desire To Fight Danny Garcia Video: Keith Thurman Talks Porter Win, Mayweather, The Future Photos: George Groves Shows Class in Win Over Martin Murray Photos: Eubank Sends Message To Golovkin by Crushing Doran Hearn: Canelo Lost Face, Eubank Ready To Face Golovkin! David Haye: Joshua is Not Anywhere Near Enough To Beat Me! Arum: Pacquiao's Options Are Broner, Danny Garcia, Crawford Joshua on Wilder: I'm On My Way To America, SHO Backing Me Porter: I Beat Thurman, We Need That Rematch - Fans Want It! Mike Alvarado Struggles in Win: Matt Korobov Decisions Vera Justin DeLoach Wins Big Over Junior Castillo Thurman Confident of Win: I Rocked Porter a Few Times Keith Thurman Edges Shawn Porter To Win a War at Barclays Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Jarrett Hurd Drops, Stops Oscar Molina in The Tenth Round DiBella: Thurman-Porter Will Determine Mayweather's Successor Daniel Jacobs Becomes The Face of Brooklyn Boxing K. Porter Doubts Impressive Win Will Secure Floyd Mayweather Video: Jarrett Hurd, Oscar Molina Discuss Their Showdown Anthony Joshua Beats Down, Knocks Breazeale Out in Seven Adam Kownacki, David Benavidez, Hardy Win at Barclays Jack Obermayer, Legendary Award Winning Scribe Passes Away Mikey Garcia-Elio Rojas Set For Santa-Frampton on 7/30 George Groves Powers Past Martin Murray For Decision Win Video: Bob Arum on Thurman vs. Porter, Crawford, More Eubank Jr. Warns Gennady Golovkin: - I'm Coming For You! Thurman vs. Porter on CBS: CompuBox Historical Review Eubank Jr. Drops Doran Four Times For TKO, Golovkin Next? Conor Benn With Brutal First Round Knockout of Lukas Radic
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement