Carl Froch was being interviewed in Las Vegas during Mayweather-Pacquiao fight week, when who should crash the party? Bernard Hopkins! And "crash" is probably a bit of an exaggeration. Hopkins certainly did his bit to plant the seed for a potential fight, but also gave Froch some high praise.
Here's a transcript of a portion of the interview:
Carl Froch: "There's a couple of names out there. GGG, Andre Ward was potentially a fight but he didn't want to come to England, certainly didn't want to come to Nottingham. He made that quite clear, that he was worried about coming to Nottingham, and he should be. Lucian Bute came to Nottingham and got obliterated.
"Other than that, you've got GGG, who's a middleweight, he's not a super middle. Is he gonna come up a weight? Is that a pay-per-view fight in America? At the minute, it's not. That's not my superfight. You've got Andre Dirrell fighting James DeGale in May, so that's a big fight potentially. Once that fight happens, potentially, that could be me fighting the winner of DeGale and Dirrell."
Bernard Hopkins: "We get a chance to see each other. He ain't as tall as I thought he was. He's got long arms, so I gotta get inside and not be outside, because he has long arms. He just said it, look how long his arms are. But see, great champion, worthy of the respect he's getting, and I wish him well. Whether we meet or not, wish him well, good health. Enjoy the fight Saturday between Mayweather and Pacquiao."
Carl Froch: "Listen, I've always been a massive fan. I was just saying I hope Hopkins doesn't let me down, and you know, what you just said there, you lived up to what I think of you. I've got so much respect for you. I appreciate that."
Bernard Hopkins: "No problem, man. You put your work in like I put my work in in your career. When it's all said and done, we're all we got. Your legacy is your legacy, mine is mine. Whatever you do, wish you well. Except if you fight me, then I don't wish you that well. But anybody, I do. I really mean that."
After Hopkins left, Froch continued, "We've got Hopkins there, which is potentially a fight. Two legends of the ring. Hopkins is obviously a living legend. He's 50 years old now. Is he 50? If he's not 50, he's nearly 50. That's a fight I think would generate a lot of interest. It makes sense financially, commercially. Boxing is a business, and that would sell."
Froch (33-2, 24 KO) was also asked about his stated desire to fight in Las Vegas, but with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr recently losing to Andrzej Fonfara, he's not sure there's a fight that can lure him over.
"That's something I've not done in what's been a fantastic career. I've had a great career. I've fought all over the world and I've filled Wembley Stadium, the national stadium in my home country. To do that, if that's my last fight and I never fight again, I'm going to retire a very happy man," he said.
"That Las Vegas box isn't ticked. If I can get the right opponent, now Chavez has been beat by Fonfara, that's him gone. But if I can get the right opponent that's going to bring me to Las Vegas, then obviously I will seriously consider it. But if that doesn't happen, I'm going to retire very, very happy."
Do you have real interest in seeing a potential Froch-Hopkins fight at this point?