MANILA, Philippines – World light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins, the oldest fighter to win a major world title, believes unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. can fight until he is 50.
The 49-year-old Hopkins, in an interview with On the Ropes Boxing Radio, said Mayweather’s fighting style and boxing IQ make it possible for him to box long after his physical prime.
“Mayweather right now, in that weight class that he fights in, with his old school style and his IQ, he can box until he’s 50 if he wants,” Hopkins said of the 36-year-old pound-for-pound king. “This isn’t the first time I’ve said this.”
He also gave credit to Mayweather’s trainers, his father, Floyd Sr., and uncle Roger.
“If he wants to fight until he’s 50, with the style, the IQ, and the father and uncle, hey, the only person who could beat Floyd Mayweather is Floyd Mayweather,” Hopkins said.
Mayweather is known as the best defensive fighter of his generation, and rarely takes a lot of punishment in his fights thanks to his style.
Over the years, several fighters have claimed that they have solved the puzzle of Mayweather’s fighting style, only to be turned back again and again.
Hopkins believes that it is not possible to figure out a way to beat the slick American.
“There is no key to beat Floyd Mayweather,” said Hopkins. “There is no key.”