Pascal: Hopkins has spent his career complaining
By Dan Ambrose: WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (26-1-1, 16 KO’s) expects 46-year-old Bernard Hopkins (51-5-2, 32 KO’s) to be complaining long and hard after they meet up for their rematch on May 21st at a still to be determined location. Pascal and Hopkins fought last year in December with the fight being ruled a 12 round majority draw. Hopkins felt he should have won the fight, but getting knocked down twice didn’t help his case with the judges.
Hopkins may have appeared to have won the majority of the rounds with his smothering style of fighting but the two knockdowns made it really tough on Hopkins and without him scoring any knockdowns, it left him in a bad position where he ended up getting a draw instead of a win.
In an article at the torontosun.com, Pascal said “He [Hopkins] has spent his career complaining and I’m going to make a prediction: He’s going to find another excuse after he loses our revenge fight. After the fight in Quebec City, he returned to the United States and told everyone that he was robbed. He has spent his career acting like that. I think he has a really big mouth.”
Pascal is right about Hopkins making an excuse if he loses the fight. But I think it will be more of a case where Hopkins will complain that he got robbed, like did when he lost to Joe Calzaghe. He didn’t throw enough punches in that fight and was outworked by Calzaghe, and yet Hopkins claimed victory afterward instead of giving Calzaghe credit for the victory. I saw the same thing in the draw with Pascal. Hopkins claimed victory, but he didn’t throw enough punches to get the win. Hopefully Hopkins admits defeat and gives credit to Pascal if he beats him because it gets really boring to see Hopkins claiming victory when he appears to have been beaten.