So much for history being made.
Bernard Hopkins, 45, tried to become the oldest man to win a legitimate title.
That didn't happen as the Phladelphia native and Jean Pascal fought to a technical fight in Quebec on Saturday night. The judges scored it 114-112 (Hopkins), 113-113, 114-114. Pascal keeps his WBC and IBO light heavyweight titles. Steve Morrow, the only American judge among the three, scored it in favor of Hopkins.
Despite getting knocked down in the first and third rounds, Hopkins proved his age was just a number. Again. It was only the second fight Hopkins tasted the canvas. The last time was 15 years ago against Segundo Mercado.
He won rounds four through nine on my scorecard. I scored it 114-112 in favor of Hopkins.
The question is will there be a rematch? If we do, it won't be any time soon. Pascal (26-1-1) will have to fight Chad Dawson before he can fight Hopkins (51-5-2) again.