Pascal & Hopkins Final Press
By Daniel Cloutier
The final press conference for Jean Pascal & Bernard Hopkins
was held at Radio-Énergie. Richard Schaefer, Yvon Michel and
Marc Ramsay said good things, but Bernard Hopkins and Pascal
said a total of 20 words!
Invited to go the microphone, Hopkins said, "Have fun
Pascal on his turn said, "Only three days to go for the
Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins never stopped to insult each
other for the last three months, and now, they have nothing
to say to each other!
Yvon Michel said, "Golden Boy Promotions and ourselves will
offer Saturday night to the boxing fans the most prestigious
boxing show presented in Montréal in 31 years. The last time
we had a boxing event of this magnitude in Montréal it was
June 20th 1980. That evening, I bought a ticket to sit in
the last level of the Olympic Stadium to see Sugar Ray
Leonard fight Roberto Duran for the WBC welterweight
championship of the world. Saturday, Pascal will fight a
living legend, one of the greatest fighters in the history
of boxing, and just before that, two former WBC light
heavyweight champions of the world, Adrian Diaconu and Chad
Dawson, will fight to determinate who will fight the winner
of Pascal-Hopkins rematch."
Richard Schaefer said, "Hopkins is a real phenom'. He is 46
years old, and he still one of the best fighters "pound for
pound" in the world. I am 50 years old, and when I am
walking two blocks in Los Angeles I am out of breath!
Bernard is one of the most marvelous athletes on the planet.
He is not afraid of anybody and he always went to the limit
of his challenges and ambitions. We wanted to present the
Pascal-Hopkins rematch at Staples Center in Los Angeles but
Bernard said, "No way. I want to fight Pascal in his own
backyard and beat him and humiliate him in front of his
fans." Bernard won 20 world championship fights and the
count will still goes up. His desire is to become the first
boxer to win a world title at 46 years old. Watch him
Saturday night when the fight will really start."
Marc Ramsay, Pascal’s trainer looked Hopkins directly in the
eyes, and said, "Bernard, I have trained Jean for 15 years
and I never saw him so motivated just a few days before a
fight. And I can tell you that you have contributed to
increase Jean’s motivation on March 29th in New York, when
you made the threats to kill him in this rematch. Bernard,
Jean will make you pay for this Saturday night."