I predicted Pascal would tire in the later rounds, and most of the fight would be ugly, boring, and devoid of drama.
In other words, I predicted the fight was going to be a textbook B-Hop fight.
While Pascal did in fact tire, as his stout and bulging body type would suggest is common for him; I was genuinely surprised by how exciting the fight turned out to be.
Hopkins was downed twice in the early rounds, (though only 1 was legit, and neither was all that damaging) and much like his spellbinding performance in the Pavlik fight, the old man’s work rate was uncharacteristically high.
In all, last December we got a decent fight between a proud new champion and a wily old veteran, that ended in a disappointing draw.
Draws aren’t always bad things, not to me at least; but on this particular occasion, I genuinely felt Hopkins won the fight.
Then again, I’m extremely biased when it comes to all things B-Hop.
That being said, in wake of the aforementioned controversial draw, the rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal is going to be fought later tonight.
Hopkins is 46 years old, and is fighting for the right to call himself the oldest man to win a major world boxing title in history.
Jean Pascal is… Canadian, and is likely looking to legitimize his reputation as champion by simultaneously redeeming last fight’s draw, and putting Hopkins name in the “win” column of his record.
Despite whatever the purse for the fight is, both guys have legit reasons to give it their all; and something tells me we can expect a fight as good as, or better, than the one back in December.
That being, my prediction remains unchanged, and I’ll be watching this one with my fingers and toes crossed for B-Hop.