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HOPKINS: "The Film Doesn't Lie, Pascal Lost The Fight"

BY TSS Press ON December 20, 2010
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The Film Doesn't Lie, Pascal Lost The Fight

Quebec City, CAN (December 20)...Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins knew going to Quebec, Canada could prove fatal for a history-making victory over Jean Pascal if the fight was close.  In fact he knew this from his own experience when, almost 16 years to the date of Saturday night's robbery, he received a similar verdict in Quito, Ecuador on December 17, 1994 when he battled Segundo Mercado to a similar draw decision for his first-ever title challenge.

 The outcry from that fight led to an immediate rematch between Hopkins and Mercado, which took place April 29, 1995, less than five months from the original fight.  With fight stats from Saturday night clearly in his favor, as well as the majority of media reports and fan outcry backing Hopkins' assessment of the outcome, a rematch between Hopkins and Pascal should be scheduled immediately.

 "I knew if they could they take it from me they would and now that I have had the chance to review the fight on tape, I clearly know I won that fight," said Hopkins.  "Jean Pascal, his corner and all of the Canadians in the arena and on television know I won the fight too. The crowd was loud in the beginning but the silence was deafening as I dominated Pascal from the middle rounds all the way to the end of the fight. After the last round Pascal went back to his corner with his head and hands down.  I am sure he is still hanging his head today to think he let a 45-year old man beat him up the way I did. If I were him, I would want to redeem myself and my reputation immediately after what happened Saturday night."

 For Hopkins it was a brillant performance in front of a sold out crowd at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada as well as for the millions watching on SHOWTIME® in the United States, on pay-per-view in Canada and around the world.  Complementing his argument for an immediate rematch are the statistics behind the bout which reflect the pure genius of Hopkins' intense execution of his own game plan and his destruction of Pascal's. Hopkins threw a total of 445 punches, of which he landed 141 power shots, more than 50% of the 270 he threw.  Pascal threw 100 less punches than Hopkins with 353 total shots, but landing only 85 of the 196 power shots he threw.

 "Again it is crazy to think that a 45-year-old fighter like myself threw and landed more punches than this so-called young gun, the current champion and still I am not given the win," said Hopkins. "Watch the tape. The poor guy was running scared, winded and backing up from round six and on. He seemed to just be holding on for dear life.  But he knows what happen in there and he has to live with it too. The film doesn't lie but I bet he doesn't even watch the tape so he, and all his people around him, can tell him something other than the truth. He lost the fight."

 Hopkins continued. "The whole thing is bad for boxing, bad for Pascal and especially bad for Canada.  Pascal knows he should do the right thing and fight me as soon as tomorrow."

 16 years earlier Hopkins got his rematch and convincingly defeated the Ecuadorian to capture his first middleweight world champion.

 "Pascal is a hard punching, a young gun you gave it his all Saturday night," said Hopkins. "But he is 18 years younger than me and that speaks for itself. It showed Saturday night too by just getting a draw, which everyone knows is really a loss, against a 45 year old man.  If this guy has a backbone and wants to walk around with his any kind of dignity and self-worth, the only thing he can do is fight me again. If that was me I know that is the only way I could really live with myself."

Comment on this article

Radam G says:

"The Film doesn't lie," but the minds and mouths do. The made-up minds of haters will choke the commonsense, sight and reality out of them. The lying mouths release the tongues that are so full of so many lie bumps that they looks like alligators intoxicated by smelly spit and high on bad breath trying to chop down on gnats and flies. I'm reminded of how some people say that you cannot tell how great a fighter was by looking at him on film. To THAT, I say BULL___! Ole B-Hoppy is spot on. There will be many haters who will never watch the tape of Pascal-Hopkins, because they want to be in self-denial for all times and pass it down for generations immemorial. Holla!

admin says:

Hey, was the first knockdown not a righteous shot. I have to re-watch, but I think it was a legal blow. ---EMike

Radam G says:

Nope! That first knock down was a rabbit punch. Partly B-Hoppy's fault, because he slid inside Pascal left hook and Pascal caught him in the back of the head instead of clinching or letting B-Hop throw a short right hand, which ole B-Hoppy eventually got going and made Pascal become unbraved about check and/or lead hooking. Holla!

the Roast says:

When it happened I thought it was a legit knockdown. I need to see it again.

amayseng says:

it was not a legal blow that caused the first round knockdown. however, even scoring it as

one bhop still dominated rounds 4 and on. on the belgiums scorecard he scored round 10 a draw, a round in which, if you watch, as i have, 8 times now, 8, 4 sound on, 4 sound off, bhop clearly, clearly won it decisively, even staggering pascal on two easily viewable occassions of 145 and 103 in that round. we need a new scoring system. how about 10 judges instead of 3, and an instant replay with rescoring to get it right. ya, sad

admin says:

I watched, and re-watched, and re-watched again that first knockdown shot. It looks to me to be a legal shot. It most assuredly is not definitively an illegal punch. And Fe'Roz, SO GLAD you are coming around. Who do we have to drag in here? Who's missing? Did BSug make it in?

the Roast says:

MISSING: AFN, Robert Curtis, Real Talk, Salt Lover, Isaiah, Ultimoshogun.....

Radam G says:

I hope that the miserable Clone[rs] stay MISSING! Editor Mike, how will that work? Will the cloners and stalkers be able to run wild like they did in the old TSS Universe. This new-looking, awesome Universe doesn't need all that ugliness and meanness IMHO! WE ARE IN THE TIME OF CHANGE! Hey #1PacFan, Boxeanne, AFisher, koolaid, Saul, Rudy, Leroy, Lid, deepwater, Eastar and Solo, c'mon, fly those ships and join us in this new, cutie pugilistic rhetorical Universe. Holla!

donputo69 says:

I cant see this old fart hopkins fight anymore...He needs to hang up those gloves already...holla back!!!

Editor Mike says:

Isaiah is here.

FighterforJC says:

I've lost all respect for Hopkins the man (not the fighter) after he pursued RJJ even after he got KO'd in the first round. After ducking Chad Dawson for two years and then jumping on the opportunity to fight someone he thinks he could handle, Hopkins deserved to lose to Pascal in this manner. He robbed the sport and now the sport is robbing him back.

amayseng says:

chad had a belt and was a champion how did hopkins duck him? bernard did not keep chad from a title shot.

at 43+ does bernard not have the ability to pick and choose?

chad has not been a draw, why would a 43-45 year old ex raining 20 defense middle weight champion jump in the ring if there was not something very worth while?

im a dawson fan, but i think bhop would be a tougher fight for him than u do.

i dont want hopkins to ruin him. he needs to carry the torch for the usa in the coming

years.

FighterforJC says:

chad had a belt and was a champion how did hopkins duck him? bernard did not keep chad from a title shot.

at 43+ does bernard not have the ability to pick and choose?

chad has not been a draw, why would a 43-45 year old ex raining 20 defense middle weight champion jump in the ring if there was not something very worth while?

im a dawson fan, but i think bhop would be a tougher fight for him than u do.

i dont want hopkins to ruin him. he needs to carry the torch for the usa in the coming

years.


Keeping someone from a title shot is not the only way to duck someone. Until Pascal beat Dawson, Dawson was considered by everyone to be the best light heavyweight outside of Bernard Hopkins. Dawson has been publicly challenging Hopkins while Hopkins provided excuse after excuse to not fight Chad Dawson, taking an entire chapter out of Mayweather's book. However, Hopkins picked and chose the wrong fighter, and since Americans are sick and tired of Hopkins' BS, non-action clinch-fests, Canada was the only place he could fight in without having to resort to blow up dolls to fill the empty seats. I'm not thinking anything as far as how tough Hopkins would prove to be against Dawson. I'm just thinking if you're gonna blab your mouth about being the best then fight the best. Who cares if Dawson was not "a draw?" A "draw" is what Hopkins was looking for and that's EXACTLY what he got against Pascal. lol.

amayseng says:

you just are not understanding it.
why would he fight dawson when there is no money. no draw equals little money.

pascal has a huge following and along with the crown of being the oldest champion in boxing history.

this is like trying to explain why its important to do homework and get good grades to my

little boy.

you just are not open to it is all

FighterforJC says:

You think there was money in the Ornelas fight? What about the rematch with RJJ? The entire boxing community was against that farce. On the other hand, just about every boxing expert was clamoring for a Hopkins-Dawson showdown. Hopkins avoided Dawson because it was a bad matchup for him, plain and simple. Joshua Clottey is anything but a draw, but Pacquiao still managed to fill 50,000 seats and get 700,000 PPV buys. You see, it is not Dawson who isn't the draw, but Hopkins, which is why the fight was held in Canada because Pascal at least had some fans while Hopkins doesn't have any in the U.S. or anywhere else, for that matter. He was bumming off of Pascal's fans.

Radam G says:

Wow! That was coldhearted. Surely ole B-Hoppy has a few fans. I'm reminded of "Jesus Wept." Holla!

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