American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. did not totally rule out a potential fight against light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins, but stressed that he is focused on his upcoming title unification next month.
Mayweather is set to battle Marcos Maidana on May 3 in Las Vegas, while Hopkins is just coming off a win against Beibut Shumenov that allowed him to unify the IBF and WBA belts.
Hopkins later issued a challenge to the unbeaten Mayweather, saying they can hold the bout at 165-pounds.
“I’ll give anybody a run for their money. If they are unbeaten, I will take their 0, give them their first loss,” said Hopkins, as quoted by Boxing Scene.
In the same report, Mayweather said he understands why Hopkins challenged him, even if they fight at different weight classes.
“He’s supposed to (call me out),” Mayweather said. “It’s part of the game, he’s supposed to.”
As far as answering Hopkins' call, Mayweather said: “We don’t know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather. Anything is possible.”
“But as of right now, Maidana is a guy that I can’t overlook. Maidana has an 80% knockout ratio and I know this guy is going to come and try to destroy me,” he added.
In a separate interview with Fight Hype, Mayweather said that Hopkins – like a lot of other boxers – was trying to “hit the jackpot” by challenging him. [http://www.fighthype.com/news/article16749.html]
“I can’t take nothing away from Bernard Hopkins. He’s a legend like myself and he knows, of course, you get your biggest payday when you’re facing Floyd Mayweather,” he said.
The 49-year-old Hopkins is the oldest world champion in the history of the sport.