MANILA, Philippines – World light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins continued to defy Father Time when he routed Karo Murat last Saturday in Atlantic City to remain a world champion at 48.
Following his victory, Hopkins told RingTV that he wants a super fight against unbeaten American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. even though they are three weight classes apart. [http://ringtv.craveonline.com/blog/181613-could-mayweather-ward-be-in-hopkins-future]
Mayweather competes at welterweight, which has a weight limit of 147 pounds, while Hopkins fights at 175 pounds. But Hopkins is confident that he can make it to 160 pounds, if Mayweather is willing to fight at that weight.
“If I have time between now and May, I walk around only five, six pounds over my fighting weight,” said Hopkins. “You give May of next year, 2014, to make 160 (pounds)? Oh, that fight is on.”
Hopkins compared a potential mega-fight between himself and Mayweather to some of the greatest fights in boxing, including the all-time classic three-round war between Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns.
“I mean, we haven’t had that type of urban (match-up between) two fighters in many years. We have a guy that’s almost 37 in February, and a guy, myself, that’s 49 on January 15, a couple of months,” he said.
Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer, who works with both Mayweather and Hopkins, said the fight may “potentially” happen.
“It could,” he said. “I like the promotional story. I really do. With Bernard approaching 50 (years old) and Floyd Mayweather approaching 50-0… We all know that Rocky Marciano retired as 49-0. So Floyd is approaching a 50 number, and Hopkins is approaching a 50 number.”
“That sort of gets my promotional juices going. So we’ll see. I have a plan. There are a lot of names out there,” he added.
Schaefer noted that the decision will ultimately be up to Mayweather, who still acts as his own boss and only contracts Golden Boy to promote his fights.
“Floyd is the No. 1 fighter, pound-for-pound, and he’s going to decide who he wants to fight and when he wants to fight, and where he wants to fight,” said Schaefer. “So it’s not up to me, it’s up to Floyd.”