Hopkins looks to prove on May 21st that he is still at the top of his game, despite being 46-years-old (Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions).
Highly Anticipated Rematch Scheduled for Montreal’s Bell Centre
Debates are still flying around the boxing community regarding who won in last December’s superfight between WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Champion Jean Pascal (26-1-1, 16 KOs) and future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins (51-5-2, 32 KOs), which ended in a controversial majority draw. Those discussions will now look to be put to rest on Saturday, May 21st, when Dynasty II: Pascal vs. Hopkins takes place at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
"I am a threat no matter how old I am, and Pascal knows it," said the 46-year-old Hopkins. "He got two knockdowns (in our first fight), is almost 20 years younger than me and still couldn't win the fight. At the end of the day, the fans know who won. I showed Pascal an old fashion boxing beat-down that night, and I am going to do it again, this time in his own backyard. Believe me, Pascal knows what's going down on May 21. It's execution time again."
Much like Hopkins, Pascal also his own contradicting view of what happened in their first encounter.
"I won the first fight, and I will win the rematch," Pascal remarked. "But this time, when I knock Hopkins down, I will keep him there. Hopkins is an old man. He doesn't have it in him to face me again. I am ready to end this once and for all, in front of all of the fans in Quebec."
While the outcome of the first bout has been hotly debated, one thing everyone agrees on is that it was very entertaining and absolutely deserving of a rematch. Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar de la Hoya voiced that sentiment.
"Hopkins vs. Pascal was one of the most talked about fights of 2010, and rightfully so," he confirmed. "Regardless of whether you thought the decision was correct or not, both fighters gave us compelling action for 12 rounds, and this was a natural for a rematch. I'm expecting another war in May."
While Golden Boy represents Hopkins, Pascal has Groupe Yvon Michael standing behind him. The two corners may be on opposite sides of the ring, but both agree that the phenomenal first pairing needed a second turn.
“The first encounter between these two warriors was by all means superior and much more spectacular than anticipated by the majority of the world's boxing experts," said Yvon Michel, who is the President of Groupe Yvon Michel. "It produced one of the highest television ratings for a boxing event in 2010. There is no doubt that both these fighters have the strength and the ability to produce a fierce battle, and that their styles will make for a stunning clash. In this rematch, there is only one question from most experts - who will be the winner? We are pleased that our distinguish partner Golden Boy and Bernard Hopkins are coming to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where this historic fight will take place in front of some of the most passionate and supportive boxing fans in the world."
Tickets for Dynasty II: Pascal vs. Hopkins are on sale now, and out-of-market fight fans will be able to tune into the match-up via HBO Pay-Per-View.