I know Bernard Hopkins is heavily favored to avenge his last defeat and beat Roy Jones, Jr. this Saturday, but I’m not so sure….
Before we get started, though, don’t send me any E-Mails stating that Bernard has lost twice to Jermain Taylor and to Joe Calzaghe since his defeat against Roy in 1993….
The Executioner won all of those fights and in my book has lost only to Jones in the past 17 years….
I’ve seen Hopkins listed as a 6-1 favorite in some books, which means Jones is a great play….
Sure, Jones has lost five times in recent years, including three scary knockouts; but I have a feeling this one is not going to be easy for Bernard….
In Roy’s last fight, he suffered an embarrassing first round knockout against a white Australian named Danny Green, but in my opinion Green caught him cold and it was a fluke….
The official also stopped the fight way too soon….
Before that, however, Jones looked very good in dominating Felix Trinidad and knocking out Jeff Lacy….
Hopkins is not known for pressing the action and knocking people out, but is going to have to fight that way Saturday night….
If it’s a game of cat-and-mouse, with both fighters laying back and looking to counter, Bernard could be in trouble….
Roy is still quicker than Bernard and will win if the fight is contested on the outside….
Sure, Hopkins is 45 and Jones 41, but Bernard is fresher and the better fighter….
I like The Executioner by unanimous decision; getting revenge for his loss 17 years ago….
This rematch should have happened years ago….
The perfect time would have been in 2001, when Jones was still undefeated and Bernard was coming off a great win over Trinidad….
Unfortunately, the two of them could never agree on money and every time we thought a fight was made it fell through….
Now, in 2010, almost nobody cares and I’ll be shocked if anyone buys this fight. In this economy, $49.99 is an awfully steep price for two guys over 40….
Here’s what I would do if I were Team Hopkins: Immediately after the fight, I’d challenge WBA Heavyweight Champion David Haye….
The British Haye is a small heavyweight who has shown a weak chin in the past; a perfect opponent for Bernard….
Another selling point is Haye’s personality, because he’s a very funny guy; gregarious, fun loving and talkative….
He has some Muhammad Ali in him and the pre-fight build up would be great….
Hopkins also talks a lot of trash and famous for serving up a “last meal” at the final press conference….
I’m sure Bernard will have a plate of fish and chips ready for Haye….
Now this is a fight which would sell….