Speaking with Lem Satterfield of RingTV.com, Bernard Hopkins has, like most fighters, sided with Floyd Mayweather Jr in the controversy stemming from Saturday night's fight, and made a terrific comparison that is sure to elicit giggles across the land:
"Boxing is like dealing with a ho. You've got to protect yourself at all times. If you don't protect yourself at all times, then the repercussions can and most likely will be fierce. ... Floyd ended up doing what he needed to do in striking at a time when you're in a fight. You can't lose focus and take your eyes off of the fight. You have to be aware of everything -- legal or illegal -- that's going on. The winners in this game are based on who knows the rules in the game of boxing and who knows what you can and can't do. And that often comes down to experience."
Bernard is quite the analyst-in-the-making, and I hope someday he's in that role for HBO Sports that Lennox Lewis, Emanuel Steward, and Roy Jones Jr have filled in recent years with mixed results, because I think he's just a lot better at it than they are. Especially if they let Bernard be himself in the booth.
I don't think I've seen a single fighter yet say they fault Floyd for what he did. Most admit it wasn't sportsmanlike (and it wasn't), but that's about as "wrong" as anyone is saying it was.