Bernard Hopkins is never one to be at a loss for words. In fact, a lot of the time he drops in some pretty good gems of wisdom mixed in with his other, colorful if not questionable, statements. Thus, during his media day workout yesterday, Hopkins gave plenty of insight into his frame of mind leading up to his showdown with Sergey Kovalev. So, instead of me giving you the rundown, I'll just let it come straight from B-Hop.
"There's nothing different about me," Hopkins said. "There will be a big difference in what Kovalev sees from me, than against anyone he's ever faced before. This guy was born in 1983, and I had my first fight in 1988; he was just out of diapers. Look at the age gap between us, there is an 18-year difference, so everything he thinks he knows I've already been there and done that."
"Everything he thinks he's going to find out on Nov. 8, it's going to be 10-times worse, in terms what he thinks and what he trained for. Even John David Jackson (Kovalev's trainer) can't give a completely positive outlook in what the strategy is, because he can't look at his tape against me in 1997 and see how unsuccessful he was against me. Think about the difficulties Jackson has in motivating his fighter against me - what is he going to do, show him his tape against me?"
"I've said over and over again, nothing of this is planned and this fight won't have everybody paying homage to Bernard Hopkins," Hopkins said. "In fact, it will enflame some people even more. You know human beings are screwed up, man. You know they have problems. I don't want the praise. The same people who will praise you will cut your throat the next day."
"I can't help it. It's the way I think. If you ask me what I want more, respect or praise, I would say I want respect. Beating Kovalev would only prove what I know. I don't do anything to be praised. Kids do that. I just want to be respected. Kovalev has never fought anyone. The guy is dangerous; he is. But I've been down this road before. As soon as I win, they'll want to take away something after the fight - not before the fight; after the fight."
"Suddenly, after I beat him, Kovalev was never dangerous. No, he hasn't fought anyone of my caliber, but that still doesn't mean he's not dangerous. This guy killed someone [Roman Simakov on Dec. 5, 2010]."
"You know what though? I'm going to beat this guy and it's not going to be as difficult as people think it's going to be. I am training for a battle."