Bernard Hopkins calls for Future Floyd Mayweather Fight

bernard-hopkins-floyd-mayweatherThe ageless Bernard Hopkins continues to defy logic after beating Beibut Shumenov to keep his IBF Light Heavyweight title and to win both the WBA (Super) and IBA Light Heavyweight belts. This marks the third straight win for Hopkins and his second IBF title defense.

So what’s next for the 49-year-old? Well, he’s hoping that a fight with Floyd Mayweather is, which would be a fight of epic proportions – both from a financial and historical perspective. “The only thing I want to know before I leave this game is that I gave it all,” Hopkins said. “It’s another page. Every page is history. Money is great but history is something you can’t get rid of.” But before this mega-fight can happen, Hopkins knows that first thing’s first.

He wants to take on Adonis Stevenson for his World Boxing Council belt, provided Stevenson can win against Poland’s Andrzej Fonfara. And Hopkins isn’t afraid of making this even more of a challenge, saying that he’d take on Stevenson in his home country of Canada. “I want to be the undisputed champion by the end of this year. Between now and January 2015, let’s do it,” he said. “I set out to be the best in the light-heavyweight division. I’m thirsty for that like I was at middleweight.”

bernard-hopkins-trainingIf everything falls into place for Hopkins, he would love to fight the welterweight Mayweather at middleweight. Currently 174 pounds, ‘The Executioner’ dominated the middleweight division for a decade, which included 20 title defenses. “I’ll give anybody a run for their money. If they are unbeaten I will take their 0, give them their first loss,” he said. “I could make 165, 168 real comfortably.”

As for Mayweather, he’s 45-0 and chasing Rocky Marciano’s legendary mark of 49-0. “Money” needs just four more victories to tie Marciano, but he’s also worried about his place in history, which could easily be furthered by moving up in weight and fighting Hopkins. “After I become the undisputed light-heavyweight champion of the world, if there was one big fight out there,” states Hopkins, “I know what I would call it ’50-50.’ He wants to pass Marciano. He wants to get to 50 and I am 50. That would be huge.”

floyd-mayweather-alvarezThe light-heavyweight champion has great respect for Mayweather, listing him at number one on the pound-for-pound best boxers list. Hopkins puts Andre Ward at number two and himself right underneath these two stars. “After that, I’m not too far from that number three. I’m not out there fighting creampuffs.”

With Hopkins proposing such a legendary fight, boxing fans will no doubt be hoping that the stars align to where he can meet the living legend Mayweather.

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