"Bernard Hopkins is a shark. He's a bottom feeder. He's catfish. He's waiting around for someone to die, and then he'll bite into it. If something is dead, he'll try to taste it. If something is alive, he doesn't want any part of it. If something is close to dead he'll try to eat it.
"He wanted to wait until I was done. He didn't have anywhere else to go and now he thinks he'll get his revenge and ride out into the sunset. That's the only way he is looking at it. It won't be happening that way but that is the plot.
"You are going to see the same thing that happened last time. The only difference is you're going to see him go down this time. I am too young to be messing around with a guy that old...and as cut as I am. He can't mess with me. I don't even look like I'm 40 yet and he looks like he's 52.
"He's a crazy man. That's just the way he is, but I'm crazy too, just in a smarter way. That's how I beat him the first time and he knows it.
"He's thinking Roy's finished and all I've got to do is catch him behind the head and I've got him. He's thinking "I'll try to get inside, rough him up, hurt his shoulder, hurt his hands...try to physically hurt him so he can't use both his hands on me. The I'll hit him behind the head and knock him out." That's his whole game plan. Take my shoulders out, hurt my elbows and hurt my hands then hit me behind my head to take me out...and that won't be happening. That's all he has. He doesn't have anything else.
"It will last until I'm ready turn the lights out. When I hit the switch. FLICK. (singing) Turn out the lights and light a candle (laughing)."
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"The Rivals: Hopkins vs. Jones II," set for Saturday, April 3 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev., is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Square Ring Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, AT&T and Southwest. The event will be broadcast live on pay-per-view beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Tickets priced at $750, $500, $300, $200 and $100 are on sale now at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith's Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
The Hopkins vs. Jones II pay-per-view telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and has a suggested retail price of $49.95. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. The main event will begin live immediately following the college basketball semi-finals. For Hopkins vs. Jones II fight week updates, log on to www.goldenboypromotions.com.
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