News September 2011

Oscar: Hopkins was better than Pacquiao or Mayweather

02.08.11

By @livefight

In a revealing interview with Ring.tv, Oscar De La Hoya has slotted Bernard Hopkins into the top spot of all the fighters he has faced in a 16 year professional career.

I definitely would have to rank Hopkins first, Said Oscar.

He was difficult to hit but not only was he patient strategically, he knew that his game plan was going to beat me I think he had it all planned out right from the start. Hopkins is a very strong puncher and he can take a punch. Hopkins is fast. Hes got heart.

I did well against Hopkins until he caught me with that body shot. confirmed Oscar when discussing the only stoppage loss inside the ring of his career.

The pair fought at a catchweight of 156 pounds. It's hard to imagine Hopkins barely above the light-middleweight limit when you see him campaigning at Light-Heavyweight almost 8 years after he took care of Oscar that night.

The fact Bernard is still at the top of his game, defeating young champions at the age of 42 is something that continues to amaze the boxing public. Whilst Mayweather and Pacquiao are firm fan favourites, both sets of fans can't argue that Hopkins is at least equal to either of their idols.

When you see younger guys taking on smaller opponents, or those of equal size but are well past their prime - Bernard Hopkins continues to be a breath of fresh air, whilst his fellow professionals continue with a stale and predictable approach to their careers.


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