Boxing’s oldest ever world champion Bernard Hopkins has his eyes on a possible ’super fight’ with pound-for-pound ace Floyd Mayweather should he get past Karo Murat this Saturday.
The 48-year-old displayed his usual calm demeanour during the pre-fight press conference Wednesday ahead of his IBF light-heavyweight world title clash at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City this weekend.
Over the past few weeks there has been speculation linking the Philadelphia legend with a potential matchup against the mercurial Mayweather, pitting two boxing greats against one another in a fight that would certainly generate global interest.
Despite the obvious weight differences, Hopkins has looked to clear up talk of a fight between the two boxing icons, admitting that it is something which has been put to him.
“Well, first of all I had no conversations, but it was a conversation said to me, and that’s why I responded,” said Hopkins. “And when I realised that there is a fight that they owe him in May of next year, and whether I’m willing or can I make 160, and I said, well, if I have that much time, a guy like me, the way I live and the way I keep my body right, even six pounds from fight night next week, sure,” he said.
“They didn’t act like they were joking, and we’re talking powerful people. So I’m sitting back saying, "Okay, hey, you know," because no one else is going to beat Floyd Mayweather in their 20s and even in their early 30s.
October 24, 2013