Hopkins: Pascal is a four round fighter
By Dan Ambrose: 46-year-old Bernard Hopkins (51-5-2, 32 KO’s) and WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (26-1-1, 16 KO’s) argued viciosly with one another on HBO’s Face off with Max Kellerman recently. Hopkins, 46, stuck to a major theme throughout the televised meeting by saying Pascal is a “Four round fighter.” The two fighters fought to a 12 round draw last December. Pascal knocked Hopkins down twice in that fight and appeared to win enough rounds to make it at least a draw.
Hopkins felt that he did enough to get the win and is bitter about the draw, and feels like he should have been given the win on that fight. The two fighters will battle again in three weeks on May 21st at a WBC ordered rematch at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. This time hopefully a clear cut winner can be picked, otherwise they really need to give up on fighting each other and move on or at least let the fans see other fighters rather than having this fight shoved down their collective throats over and over again.
Pascal said to Hopkins “Stop crying like a baby” about the decision of their previous fight. Pascal wants Hopkins to accept the decision and move on. Pascal continued “Every time Bernard loses a fight, it’s because it was somebody else’s fault…The judges called it a draw. I didn’t say I got robbed. I said let’s do it again. But him, since that day he’s crying like a baby like he won the fight and got robbed. Stop crying like a baby! You’re too old for that. You’re 46.”
Hopkins doesn’t want to move about that fight and feels that he should have been given the decision and points to Compu-box for the punch count. It’s kind of silly. The fight was a draw and Hopkins needs to move on and focus on the fight at hand.
Pascal said that Hopkins is going to ask this one question on May 21st: “Why am I still fighting with this young lion.” Hopkins said “Promise me you won’t be a four round fighter, because if you’re not a four round fighter, it’s going to be a hell of a fight. Because I’m going to pressure you like Marvin Hagler did with Tommy Hearns.”