Age has just been a number for Bernard Hopkins the last decade.
The 45-year-old former multi-division world champion has been able to beat father time every time he steps into the ring. Could his December 18 bout against Jean Pascal at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada be it for him?
Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KOs) doesn't think so.
“At 35, people thought I was old and then I beat Felix Trinidad," Hopkins said. "I've been blessed to fight so long. It says something for me to be able to stand at a podium and speak articulately."
Hopkins has had a long and brilliant career. He's been the featured attraction on many of cards. On December 18 he'll be back on a familiar network. Showtime will broadcast the bout.
“If anybody understands life they know that time somehow finds its way back to you. It’s called ‘Coming full circle.’ My first title was won on Showtime," Hopkins said. "The birth of Bernard started on Showtime."
As for Pascal (26-1-0, 16 KOs), the WBC light heavyweight champion, this is a chance for him to stamp is name in boxing history. He picked up a lot of respect after taking out Chad Dawson last August. And he said he plans on taking advantage of the opportunity.
“I have heard Bernard say that he took Kelly Pavlik and Jermain Taylor to school," Pascal said. "You know what Bernard? I went to high school and I went to college and guess what? I was an A+ student."
What about Hopkins' age?
“Bernard knows what time it is. It’s about time for a new era. I’m the new kid on the block,” Pascal said. “Bernard is trying to put the pressure on me. He is saying that he is going to take me to school. I have nothing to prove. I have nothing to back up. He has to back up his legacy."