He is a full-on marvel. Bernard Hopkins turned 48 years old, and during a time when he could be counting his money, and getting deeper into the promotional side of the sport, he's still in spartan mode. He’s earned the right to sleeping in, and a birthday dinner of a massive porterhouse, all the carbs he craves and dessert to top it off, but that’s not his way. The man who promised his mama that he wouldn't fight past 40 simply can't help himself, because his competitive urge is so immense. Yes, Father Time's fiercest foe is back again, looking to prove to himself that age is just a number, and that IBF light heavy champ Tavoris Cloud is just another notch on a belt full of them.
Hopkins was at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Monday, talking up his March 9 clash against the Florida-born Cloud, and as per usual, he already looked in fighting trim, and his trash talking was superior.
Hopkins sparred with Don King, and looked to get under Cloud's skin by heaping pressure on him. If you lose, he told Cloud, Don King, age 81, goes out of business. Staffers who have been with him for 30 years will be forced to look for work, Hopkins told Cloud. The 31 year old didn't appear to be overwhelmed by that thought, but who knows if that psy op stuff just might give B-Hop a tiny edge. One edge we can point out with certainty is Hopkins' willpower, which is stunning and omnipresent. Publicist Kelly Swanson arranged for the venerable institution Junior's to send over a birthday cheesecake, and one was wheeled in. Hopkins blew out the candles, carved out a big slice...and then handed it to Cloud. The message was clear--we are two months out and I'm in go mode. I'm near the light heavyweight limit. I'm eating, sleeping, living, and breathing this challenge. I don't have time for sugar. I only have eyes for making sure I prove the critics wrong, and spitting in the face of that fool, Father Time.
Here are some of the best quotes from the session. The scrap, by the way, is promoted by Golden Boy, and will be shown on HBO. By the way, please feel free to follow Woods on Twitter. https://twitter.com/Woodsy1069
that old man sure is smart. he knows juniors is all hype. best cheescake in nyc is at rocco's on bleeker street. its fun watching ole hopkins play with these guys heads. hopkins ruined alot of fighters. taylor/pavlik/ect. trinidad was not the same after fighting hopkins.
Ol Dirty Nard has been pretty fun to watch over the years ...specially the outside antics ...one of the best trash talking fighters of this era. Excellent mind game player . Homey looked Trinidad dead in the eye and told him exactly how it would unfold...right down to telling him it'll be your daddy that saves you from yourself. That was akin to Babe Ruth pointing out his home run before it even left the park. Bury that nugga' a G cuz that's what he is! Playing this for his bday music http://m.youtube.com/index?&desktop_...?v=LvXBZlKKD-0
In Psycological terms the previous post expresses a serious case of projection, in religious terms friscoe breakes the first commandment, in practical terms there aint gonna be no more idiots to give it up for!
Be that as it may, Bernie, but at the moment Im celebrating for Ol Dirty Bernard. Just had a protein shake ... Working out ....reading ... Hell, I'm even dancing . I love all sorts of music ... My iPad mix has a serious identity crisis .. Ramon Ayala just came on ...had me dancing and playing the air accordion .. Almost even hit a shot of Cazadoras. But The Executioner wouldn't approve of that so I resisted. Tonight we indulge in discipline in honor of the bday boy. Back to Ayala ..love how his accordion screams kill yourself you lame muthafucka'...but then switches up to the sound of what seems like Federalies opening up on you with Ar 15's. It was at that moment I made up a dance called the electrico Mexican slide. I quickly but smoothly slid across my kitchen floor like that of a skipping flat rock across a lake. That's wassssup, that's what I got going on. Holla'!
Sounds like a retarded tenager. doomed to failure. a generation with no truth, no principle, when the nightmare ends SouthPaul's homeys yell free at last/what the f---- happened!
Hopkins little accomplishments in the ring will be obscured to the fact that he wasnt a nice person, he was a cheater, his followers represented a negative subculture who knew no talent but were mesmerized with his exagerated image of himself! Truly a narcisist in the worst sence! Friscoe was an imitation! He defended his belt 20 times but could not grasp the concept of the word Champion! He will go out of this sport truly like a spoiled brat!