Bernard Hopkins has an exit strategy from boxing that’s trumped by the even bigger plan for him to exit stage left.
Hopkins, the oldest major world champion in boxing history, won a split decision Saturday over Kazak fighter Beibut Shumenov to take the World Boxing Association title and keep his International Boxing Federation crown.
The soon to be 50-year-old Hopkins would like to fight Floyd Mayweather at a catch-weight and even has the named selected for the event.
“After I become the undisputed light-heavyweight champion of the world, if there was one big fight out there, 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. I would love to do that. But let me get past Stevenson first.”
The problem in that scenario wouldn’t be Hopkins getting down to the super middleweight limit of 168 or even 165. Floyd Mayweather has never weighed or fought at anywhere near 165. It’s a ridiculous idea and one that Mayweather is unlikely to ever address.Powered by Sidelines