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One for the ages: 48-year-old Bernard Hopkins believes he could defeat Floyd Mayweather if given the chance. (AP)

LAS VEGAS — The pool of prospective opponents for Floyd Mayweather’s next fight already includes Danny Garcia and Amir Khan. Late Saturday night, another fighter tossed his name into the mix: Bernard Hopkins. The 48-year old light heavyweight champion said he would be willing to drop down to 160 pounds for a fight with Mayweather.

“Floyd, his skills are so out there that he can risk going up to 160,” Hopkins said. “It isn’t the weight that is going to win the fight, it’s the skills. The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. The only guy who is going to beat a guy like Floyd Mayweather is a master chess player. And who is the master chess player? I’ll go back to 160. It’s the biggest old [man] fight. Everyone from the nursing home will be watching.”

It’s certainly conceivable that Hopkins, who has fought at light heavyweight since 2006, could make a 160-pound weight limit. Hopkins is a finely conditioned athlete. He doesn’t drink or smoke and rarely strays from a disciplined diet. He says he walks around 10 pounds heavier than his fighting weight and if given until May, he could make the weight.

“I will go to New Orleans or some place hot, I will train like a dog, and I will make an extraordinary fight,” Hopkins said. “If I was coming from [heavyweight] to [light heavyweight] like Roy Jones did, then it would be a problem. But being a guy who lives the way I live… for me to come down to 160, it’s doable.”

For Hopkins, 160 pounds would be familiar territory. He was one of the greatest middleweights in boxing history, dominating the division for the better part of a decade, making a record 20 title defenses along the way.

Mayweather, though, may not share Hopkins’s enthusiasm for a middleweight fight. Mayweather’s win over Saul Alvarez was just the third time he has fought above 147 pounds. On the day of the fight Mayweather “rehydrated” to half a pound lighter than what he weighed in at the day before. Moreover, even if Hopkins weighed in at 160, it’s likely he would balloon into the 170’s on fight night, creating an enormous size advantage.

Still, Hopkins believes Mayweather could be interested.

“When your name is Money, money moves you,” Hopkins said. “It would be a chess game. He would have the burden. You can’t let a 49-year-old go the distance with you. It would have to be a rumble. It wouldn’t be easy, This man has a defense that it would be a counterpunching fight.”

For now, Hopkins says, he is focused on October 26, when he will defend his IBF title against Karo Murat. After that, it will be Mayweather’s call.

“You can be 200 pounds [but] if you can’t fight, I could be 115 [pounds] and I will still kick your a–,” Hopkins said. “And Floyd can fight. I was one of his critics. When he beat Shane Mosley, remember I sort of instigated that fight. But when I saw him recover [from a Mosley punch], when I saw him make Shane Mosley want to shake hands and talk, I was converted. You give me until May, I will make that weight.” – Chris Mannix

  • Published On Sep 16, 2013
  • 24 comments
    David228
    David228

    Never happen, Hopkins is not a ppv fighter, and money may vs Hopkins would never sell ppv units, Hopkins deserves respect and admiration for his skills but he is not in the same league as money may.

    TMAN1
    TMAN1

    Remember yall Mayweather fought the Big Show!!!  LMAO!!!!

    RonUnger
    RonUnger

    OF COARSE YOU DO..
    Duh! Everyone wants a PAYDAY on a Mayweather fight.. 


    bigdaddybull
    bigdaddybull

    now y would money mayweather fight bhop,bhop is a legend and one of my favorite fighters,but what would money may gain if they fight,and money may was 2 win it would b said that he is cherry picking again,and picking on a old man.Now if money may lose it would take away from his all d hard work he put in over d years,so I ASK AGAIN Y.

    spideronespn.com
    spideronespn.com

    Floyd would win easily, Hopkins has already marveled at his skills. But in a vacum, Floyd wouldn't and shouldn't take this fight or even think about it. First off, Benard has boring fights, I love him but they are thats why he has always been jealous of Roy Jones, and any chance he gets he will jab him. Secondly, If I'm Floyd why in the hell would I go up 20 pounds to fight someone that the public doesn't want to see fight. Period. Lastly, Benard's style doesn't make him a draw or box office. See that's it. Box Office. That's why he hates RJ because he was box office. If he wants to be the best, go against Andre Ward who's already in your division. But I doubt he will.

    ggeorge482
    ggeorge482

    Wrong wrong wrong. Hopkins is an all-time great. Floyd has never really been pressed. An aged over-the-hill DeLaHoya had a young primed Floyd beat in a close fight until he faded after the 10th round. Oscar was old. A prime Oscar would have beaten him. Was Oscar an all-time great? No.

    Hopkins either wins the fight or beats Floyd up in a losing battle. MayFeather will never take this fight. 

    WPatrickBrooks
    WPatrickBrooks

    Agreed Bernard at stupid, he's seeing the crazy money that Mayweather is still attracting  and he wants one last big pay day! I don't blame him

    evilwraith
    evilwraith

    That would be the most boring fight in history. Interesting, yes but boooooring.

    StephenKaufman
    StephenKaufman

    Floyd will never do this because BHop would spank him like a little boy.

    TeeHolmes
    TeeHolmes

    B-Hop clearly trying to cash in on a big payday. Even if he gets 3 million to Floyd's 40-50 million range, he'd be happy with that. What incentive would Money have to fight him other than 40 mill guaranteed?

    GremlinBrenneman
    GremlinBrenneman

    And Mayweather would want to do this b/c ?????  he wants bragging rights to have beaten a 48 yr old?

    YaValioCacaWate
    YaValioCacaWate

    It would be some easy money for the money team.  $50 million for 60 seconds work.

    l.czolgosz66
    l.czolgosz66

    Would have been a great fight ten years ago.

    BudPhyte
    BudPhyte

    That would be a very dull fight and Mayweather would be outweighed by almost thirty pounds.

    xnom
    xnom

    definitely. bhop is after the money. It's not a competitive but it is like watching an old drained big man got flustered by punk boy in the street.

    x72
    x72

    Smart money's on Hopkins.

    chicostlouis/m
    chicostlouis/m

    And who was the great fighters de la Hoya beat, Julio Cesar chavez?, hector camacho?, pernell whitaker..he really lost to, felx sturn , he lost to, Ike quartey, he lost to, Bernard Hopkins knocked hom out, Trinidad beat him, Shane mosly beat him, I mean who did he really beat, now mayweather fought Diego corrales, undefeated, castllo, angel manfredy, zudah, Marquez,gotti,hatton was undefeated,Mosley,cotto, Guerrero , Ortiz both were current champions, Canelo undefeated champion, seriously do you know boxing

    bigdaddybull
    bigdaddybull

    @StephenKaufman for mayweather,if him and bhop fought,and if money may win,it would b said money may cherry picking again,and y would he b fighting a old man.Now if money may loses it would take away from his greatness.

    wjoinfo1
    wjoinfo1

    @GremlinBrenneman A 48yo man who is the IBF Light-Heavyweight champion and one of the greatest middleweight champs of all time.................Other than that, I totally agree with you.

    TMAN1
    TMAN1

    @BudPhyte Yeah total weight mismatch so Mayweather would run the entire fight...this would be the worst fight ever!!!

    GremlinBrenneman
    GremlinBrenneman

    @wjoinfo1 @GremlinBrenneman w/o a doubt, Hopkins one of the all time greats. The thing is though, that there is no upside for Merryweather. If he wins, everyone will say, "What did you expect?" There won't be any glory that Merryweather beat him b/c Hopkins is 12 yrs past his prime. And if Merryweather loses (and you never know about these things), then he has stepped right in it.  Truth be told, though, it is a shrewd move on B-Hop's part: I mean, if Merryweather says no, it looks like he is afraid of a 48 yr old. :>))