Bernard Hopkins Q&A on advice for Manny Pacquiao after KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez and more
Bernard Hopkins Q&A on advice for Manny Pacquiao after KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez and more
By Media Report on Doghouse Boxing (Dec 13, 2012) Photo © SHOWTIME
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This week on JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME former boxing world champion Bernard Hopkins joins the program via satellite to give his take

Rome Goes One-On-One With Bernard Hopkins. This week on JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME former boxing world champion Bernard Hopkins joined the program via satellite to give his take on the future of Manny Pacquiao’s career after the devastating knockout he suffered last Saturday night.  Hopkins also spoke about the return of boxing to CBS for the first time in 15 years on Saturday.  Episode four premiered yesterday on SHOWTIME.  Below are transcripts from the interview.

BERNARD HOPKINS INTERVIEW

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On the punch that sent boxing legend Manny Pacquiao face first into the canvas last Saturday night…

ROME: Is that the type of punch that ends careers?

  HOPKINS: Absolutely. That’s the type of punch that takes more than one fight out of you. It takes a couple of fights out of you. It’s one of those types of knockouts that you can recover from in life, but I don’t think you can recover fully in the sport. That was a devastating knockout that has a long-term effect…. I know when you see a guy get knocked out and hit in that way, they are considered damaged goods and they live up to that title.  

ROME: So it sounds like you would advise him to retire.

  HOPKINS: I would advise him to grab his wife and kids and take a long vacation. Take a long year off. Regroup physically, mentally, spiritually and then you make the decision there. Truthfully it was such a devastating knockout that I don’t think he will ever be the Pacquiao that he was.

  ROME: Boxing returns to CBS after 15 years on Saturday night. You won the last fight on CBS back in 1997. What kind of boost do you think the network presence will give the sport?

  HOPKINS: To me that’s what we’ve been missing. Corporate America ran from boxing for many reasons. But now they’re coming back. I’m so glad that not only Golden Boy, but other promoters have good relationships with these networks. This is something great. I remember growing up and watching boxing on “Wide World of Sports.”

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