Bernard Hopkins A Man for All Seasons at Golden Boy Promotions

It was a year ago in Las Vegas that Bernard Hopkins made a decision the boxing world would find out a little later on.

The former middleweight and light heavyweight champion nicknamed “Hard Nard” by some, put his weight behind Golden Boy Promotions. It came months after the company was blindsided by its CEO Richard Schaefer’s decision to leave. The final blow was that many fighters perceived under the Golden Boy banner were actually never signed.

An ambush of major proportions took part in May 2014, one  rivaling Little Big Horn.

Instead of leaving Golden Boy’s Oscar De La Hoya flailing in the water against a tidal wave, Philadelphia’s Hopkins met face to face with his former ring foe from East L.A. After hearing his side,  Hopkins still stands strong with the Los Angeles-based promotion group. Even after offers of money from others.

“We didn’t talk on the phone, I met with Oscar. I think it was the last fight Canelo had in Vegas, I believe we talked in the room and we had a conversation. I had some questions about the business and how he felt and how he was committed to the business,” recalled Hopkins two weeks ago while in Los Angeles. “Do you quit, throw the towel in, or suck it up, tuck your chin in and take your shots and swing educationally, smartly. We’re fighters. We consider everything with patience and making the right move like on a chess board.”

Boxing seldom sees this kind of loyalty. Nor does it see this kind of grit outside of the ring. While one side is flaunting cash and gathering signatures on contracts, and allegedly falsely booking venues to stymie the competition, the two boxing partners are looking to go the distance.

Getting cash is not enough for Hopkins. He wants boxing to succeed.

“I’ve been there, I’ve done that and I’m here talking to you because I really want to do something. As a person that won the big fights and is here for the long haul,” Hopkins said. “They’re (PBC) not here for the long haul. I think they’re here for control like a dictator.”

More than a hundred prizefighters have signed with PBC and its affiliations. It’s a scenario that has repeated itself throughout the decades with various organizations and with the same results. But when someone passes cash, most fighters will take it. It’s hard to blame them because a pro boxer’s career doesn’t last long.

Loyalty is rare as a red diamond. But like a rare gem, it’s extremely valuable.

Hopkins has no regrets in staying with Golden Boy Promotions and refusing a financial offer from a rival company.

“When I spoke my piece I was offered a lucrative deal. I just didn’t sign it because I decided to go the other way. As we see what manifests now we understand what I was offered came to fruition. I chose to go with the fighter who has the fight in him for his personal battles that he knocked out and was victorious,” said Hopkins of refusing the rival company and staying with Golden Boy Promotions.

Recently, it was announced that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will fight Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas this coming November, probably in Las Vegas. Golden Boy Promotions is veering toward a mega fight pay-per-view card. Hopkins is satisfied.

“I have an itch for right and for the underdog. And with the one that people want to bury. I learned how to navigate and to become what I have been against in time. It was never hard for me to make a decision. That it would be a decision not of emotions but what the future can be,” Hopkins said of his choice to stay with Golden Boy. “Two hall of famers that have been in the game and came from different directions. How can we miss and go wrong? No one in boxing business can match the credibility we have or can match Oscar and Bernard.”

Through thick and thin, fair weather or bad weather Hopkins chooses the fighter.

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COMMENTS

-deepwater2 :

Good for Bernard. tsAH= Dictator. Is Hopkins racist for suggesting that?


-deepwater2 :

Remember when Paulie used to say the same thing? "...Thanks to Al Haymon, Broner doesn't have to fight the level of competition that everybody else does." After the gift decision Broner received against Daniel Ponce de Leon in front of a large Mexican crowd, "I thought to myself: Al Haymon can manipulate anything." "What Al Haymon wants Al Haymon get, such is boxing in 2013." now........Paulie has a sweet announcing gig, a car shop and is fighting Danny Garcia for mucho dinero. Hmmmm. One thing about Hopkins, he will never be bought and say what he wants.


-Radam G :

Remember when Paulie used to say the same thing? "...Thanks to Al Haymon, Broner doesn't have to fight the level of competition that everybody else does." After the gift decision Broner received against Daniel Ponce de Leon in front of a large Mexican crowd, "I thought to myself: Al Haymon can manipulate anything." "What Al Haymon wants Al Haymon get, such is boxing in 2013." now........Paulie has a sweet announcing gig, a car shop and is fighting Danny Garcia for mucho dinero. Hmmmm. One thing about Hopkins, he will never be bought and say what he wants.
Not only will B-Hop never be bought, he cannot ever be rented. Da Don K and tsAH tried that. But B-Hop was not having it. So GBP has him as a share holder -- a part owner -- a big playa and money maker. Not a kiss @$$ and bullsyet taker. Holla!


-Bernie Campbell :

I dont lose to white boys!


-Art :

Bernard is a true warrior in and out of the ring!! He took on Don King, who was like an Al Haymon and won! If someone tells Bernard do this, he will always make his own choice!! So far, it's always been the right one's. I agree with his assessment of Haymon, he's trying to "corner the boxing market" and he started it with Schaefer funneling the majority of GBP's top fighters to him. That was what the arbitration between GBP and Schaefer was about and why Schaefer could not be in boxing for two years!! IMO, he should never be allowed to come back. I think Haymon will be exposed, if his cases against him go to court. Good for Bernard!!


-brownsugar :

Schaefer was one of the most dynamic promoters in boxing during his decade at GB, he single handedly pulled GB from the brink when Oscar was feeding his habit and was unable to display the leadership of a CEO, ....Schaefer was the greatest turn around artists in the business. Schaefer shouldered the responsibilities of helming GB single handedly while BHop stood at his side. When it was a two way war, between TR and GB, the warcry was kill Golden boy, now its GB and TR trying to kill PBC, they all have the crookshank element, i just want to see the fights....this ought to make for a situation that will be conducive for competitive events, ..... we shall see. (.. Free Schaefer!!!!!)


-deepwater2 :

Schaefer was one of the most dynamic promoters in boxing during his decade at GB, he single handedly pulled GB from the brink when Oscar was feeding his habit and was unable to display the leadership of a CEO, ....Schaefer was the greatest turn around artists in the business. Schaefer shouldered the responsibilities of helming GB single handedly while BHop stood at his side. When it was a two way war, between TR and GB, the warcry was kill Golden boy, now its GB and TR trying to kill PBC, they all have the crookshank element, i just want to see the fights....this ought to make for a situation that will be conducive for competitive events, ..... we shall see. (.. Free Schaefer!!!!!)
The president of the company,DLH, hired Swiss banker to be CEO. Oscar didn't have to display leadership of a CEO. Swiss banker knew about DLH habit and then some. According to many people ,Swiss banker partaked in said habit also. While DLH trusted Swiss banker to be CEO, Swiss banker undercut DLH and funneled all his assets to tsAH. Schaefer as the greatest turn around artist in boxing is more like greatest underhanded CEO in boxing history. Hopkins isn't on Swiss bankers side ,he is on DLH side which is a good sign.


-brownsugar :

Interesting comments, ....however the bottom line is thanks to Schaefer,...Oscar parted ways a very wealthy man with a very liquid and viable business to run..... If it were not for Schaefer, GB would have sunk like the titanic or it would have been merged into Top Rank... I hope Bhop concludes the remainder of his career behind a desk wearing a 3piece.


-Radam G :

The president of the company,DLH, hired Swiss banker to be CEO. Oscar didn't have to display leadership of a CEO. Swiss banker knew about DLH habit and then some. According to many people ,Swiss banker partaked in said habit also. While DLH trusted Swiss banker to be CEO, Swiss banker undercut DLH and funneled all his assets to tsAH. Schaefer as the greatest turn around artist in boxing is more like greatest underhanded CEO in boxing history. Hopkins isn't on Swiss bankers side ,he is on DLH side which is a good sign.
Amen! Holla!