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Hopkins vs Dawson II: Media Roundtable Quotes

Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson meet again this Saturday on HBO.
Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson meet again this Saturday on HBO.


"I'm a throw back. I live in a time where it is so microwavable that there is no time to cook, season, chop or marinate any more. I'm the last of a dying breed.

"They were calling me old when I beat Trinidad 11 years ago.

"Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will always motivate me.

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"I have proven who I am. The reason I'm here is because Dawson didn't do what he should have against Pascal.

"My biggest motivation has been adversity.

"I don't drink or smoke and if some is drinking or smoking around me I get up. It's called discipline.

"This fight all you hear is 'Chad is bigger. Chad is stronger.' Not that he is more talented."


"It all depends on how Bernard comes in the ring. If he comes to fight, that is great. If he comes to lie down like he did last time, then I feel sorry for the people that bought tickets or are going to watch on HBO.

"The first fight wasn't a long fight, but in the two rounds that it was, I was the one trying to press the fight. I was trying to make the action.

"Bernard just backed up the whole time and didn't try to make the fight. I think people saw the difference between the size and the strength. It wasn't many punches landed, but I did land a good right hand in the first round and he found out that night that I was serious.

"I have taken criticism in the past that I wasn't in the best of shape, but that night I was all there. Mentally, physically, I was all there.

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"If Bernard comes to fight and he wants to give the fans what they are looking for, and then let's fight. I am here to fight and finish off what should have happened the first time we fought. I was supposed to be crowned light heavyweight champion.

"Last fight, he had no fire in his eyes. I could look at him from across the ring and I saw he didn't want to be there that night.

"I know he is not going to come after me. I have to take the fight to him. I am not the same young fighter as Pavlik or Pascal. They don't have the same options that I have in the ring. I can box, switch up.

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"He is not going to get into my head. Mind games don't work with me.

"We have a good plan. I am not thinking about a close decision. I don't see it happening that way at all."

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