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Mayweather Reacts To Challenge of Bernard Hopkins

by Rick Reeno

Following last Saturday's decision victory over Beibut Shumenov, IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32KOs) called for a catch-weight fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26KOs). Mayweather holds titles at welterweight and junior middleweight, and walks around at 150-pounds between fights.

“I’ll give anybody a run for their money. If they are unbeaten I will take their 0, give them their first loss,” Hopkins said. “I could make 165, 168 (pounds) real comfortably. If I do a fight, it would be one of the biggest in the world. We will do it in a stadium somewhere,” Hopkins said.

“After I become the undisputed light-heavyweight champion of the world, if there was one big fight out there, I know what I would call it — 50-50. He wants to pass Marciano. He wants to get to 50 and I am 50. That would be huge. I would love to do that. But let me get past Stevenson first.”

This is not the first time that Hopkins, 49-years-old and the oldest boxer to capture a world title, called for a fight with Mayweather, who returns on May 3rd against Marcos Maidana in a welterweight unification. 

Even at 160, there is little to no chance of the fight coming off. Hopkins is too big and there is too much weight separating the two fighters.

Mayweather says Hopkins is doing what he's supposed to do, trying to secure the biggest money fight possible.

"He's supposed to [call me out], it's part of the game, he's supposed to. We don't know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather. Anything is possible. But as of right now Maidana is a guy that I can't overlook. Maidana has an 80% knockout ratio and I know this guy is going to come and try to destroy me," Mayweather said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DAN916 on 04-24-2014

DLH Vs Hopkins was at a 158lb catch weight. Trinidad fought Hopkins at 160 but he started his career at 147 so that really shouldnt of been "too big" for him. So you really cant compare the two to Floyd…

Comment by jai mari078 on 04-24-2014

[QUOTE=_original_;14457830]Maybe because Oscar and B-Hop were in the same weightclass at the time? Floyd's next fight is at 147 while B-Hop is fighting at 175, just a ridiculous and pointless match to discuss.[/QUOTE] Not true at all!!!!!! Oscar was at…

Comment by DAN916 on 04-24-2014

Cotto will do it if floyd doesnt want to lol

Comment by mrjoeblive on 04-24-2014

[QUOTE=Tobi.G;14457899]Why is Hopkins not calling for an Andre Ward fight at 168?[/QUOTE] Because nobody wants to fight sog. Not bhop not ggg nobody!!!!!!!!

Comment by SaldanaCC on 04-24-2014

So u want floyd to come up damn near 3 divisions (he walks around at 150 gunna finish his career at 147)yet u wont fight the #2 guy pond4pound in the world an hes only 1 division under you............floyd said…

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