Hopkins is Very Focused on Breaking Foreman's Record


"This [surpassing of George Foreman's record] is a hell of a milestone.  This is something that not any old fighter gets to do, or most athletes from any sport for that matter.  I am glad to be able to represent that at this stage of my career.

"I have been able to reach this milestone because of things I have overcome [in my life] and I am motivated by the legacy I will leave.

"I am already going in a champion.  At the Montreal press conference, Pascal was trying to be cute and he gave me his belts.  I never gave them back, so I have them in my possession. I just have to make it official next Saturday because I don't think anyone should have a belt unless they win in the ring.

"Fifty percent of me is always going to be 100 percent [of someone else] in today's world of athletics.  When people look at me, they should think 'He is not the norm.'

"I don't know how accidents happen, most accidents aren't good.  This one [my longevity] is a good accident.

"The only way you can get experience is from the clock.  Time works with some people and against some people.  Fortunately, the clock has worked in my favor.

"The difference between me in my 20's and me in my 40's is that I have learned not to waste a lot of energy.  When you are young, you are filled with raw emotions and you want to prove that you are the new young lion in the jungle.  Pascal is a new lion, but I am the old lion.

"We have a lot of healthy things now that we didn't have years ago.  I get my food at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.  Joe Louis didn't have Trader Joe's.  Ali didn't have Whole Foods.  Society is paying attention to what is healthy as compared to what we had years ago and I am taking advantage of that.

"For me, this fight is more about the history than redemption.

"I am the professor and Pascal is the student.  Sometimes the student thinks he knows more than the professor.  Every now and then, you have to show them that because you know a little doesn't mean you know as much as the teacher.  I think he respects what I have done.  He would be a fool not to.

"Fans can expect drama this time around.  I am going to throw a lot of punches.  I am going to be out of character in the way I fight this fight.  It won't be the Bernard Hopkins people have seen the last couple of years.

"I am going in there with one win by any legal boxing means necessary and then get out of there with the record broken and the titles won.

"I have been training in downtown Philadelphia to remind myself that I still have to fight like a hungry man that wants something.  I had to go back to where I started.

"Right now, I am the Philly franchise.  The Flyers are out.  The Sixers are out.  The Phillies are playing, but it is early in the season.  I am the franchise right now and I have delivered more than I have failed.  I am going to bring the championship home.

"When I can no longer perform physically and mentally, then I will know I am ready to leave the sport.  It is the same thing that happens at any job.  You know when it is time to leave.  I have too much pride as a man and too much pride for Philly to embarrass myself by staying in boxing too long."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MarkMiner on 05-11-2011

I have become a huge Benard Hopkins fan. One of the best ever he won't be appreciated until he retires. Hope he doesn't get hurt; punches feel different when you get old according to Shane.

Comment by physiker on 05-10-2011

Do you really think Hopkins will sell more hamburger grillers than Foreman did? Get real. The reord is secure!

Comment by Rosseboi on 05-10-2011

[QUOTE=SekondzOut;10516911]a VERY focused B.Hop is a SERIOUS problem for ANYBODY....Pascal is gettin a historic ass whippin'!![/QUOTE] While I agree with this I have to point out Hopkins is always focused on the job he's a very dedicated fella. Love the…

Comment by Mr. Philadel on 05-10-2011

a VERY focused B.Hop is a SERIOUS problem for ANYBODY....Pascal is gettin a historic ass whippin'!!

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