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Experts weigh-in on Hopkins-Pascal

WBC Light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and Bernard

WBC Light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins stand face to face at weigh-in. December 17, 2010. Quebec City. Credit: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Here's what other fighters have to say about the Bernard Hopkins-Jean Pascal fight set for Saturday night in Quebec.

Super Six No. 1 seeded Andre Ward (no pick): “I think it could be a very entertaining fight. Bernard is trying to put an exclamation point on a great career and his legacy. Jean is trying to establish his legacy by beating a legend in Bernard so this fight has a great storyline. I have no prediction because I consider both of them friends, and I’m going to sit back and enjoy this fight as a fan."

Super Six No. 2 seeded Carl Froch (Pascal): "I think Jean Pascal will take this on points. I think the wily fox has a few gray whiskers now and he may be cute in the opening rounds, but Jean Pascal's sheer will to win can be what seals the deal.”

"If you add in the fantastic Canadian boxing fans -- all screaming their lungs out for whatever Pascal does in every round -- then it's going to be a very big ask for Hopkins to pull it off.”

"But how many times have people written wonderful old Bernard off? How many times has Bernard proved everybody wrong? That is what makes this fight so interesting. I can't wait to see both men get it on from ringside, but right now, I'm going for a close victory for Pascal. "

Former Junior Welterweight World Champion Paulie Malignaggi (Hopkins): “This is a very tough fight to call. Bernard has the opportunity to do something special and become the oldest world champ in history. Pascal is younger and brings a high energy level, plus the crowd backing him will motivate him a lot. I think this will be a close fight with Bernard definitely frustrating Pascal in spurts and with Pascal having success as well while pushing Hopkins to fight at a pace faster than he would like. I honestly think it will be very close and I think Bernard will get the decision up there.”

Super Six No. 3 Seeded Glen Johnson (Pascal): “It’s hard for me to give a definite answer on who is going to win based on what I saw when Hopkins fought Roy Jones. I guess I would have to pick Pascal. But if a better Hopkins shows up, then I have to go with Hopkins because Pascal is a guy who starts strong but fades after five or six rounds. The question is, if Hopkins will be able to take advantage of that. If I had to pick someone, I would say Pascal because he is fighting at home.”

Former Super Bantamweight World Champion Israel Vazquez (Hopkins): "Hopkins will win by decision. He has the most experience."

Super Six No. 4 seeded Arthur Abraham (Pascal): "Pascal will win because he is young and fast. Hopkins is not the same fighter he used to be, but he is and will always be a legend for me!"

Former WBC Junior Middleweight World Champion Sergio Mora (Hopkins): “I think Hopkins is something special and special fighters find a way to win when people feel they can't. Pascal is young, strong and hungry, he reminds me of a bigger Andre Berto. But like Berto, Pascal hasn't faced a quality opponent. He especially hasn’t faced a legend like Bernard. Hopkins by decision.”

 

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