Bernard Hopkins Points To Himself As ‘Special Man’

Despite being almost 52 years old, Bernard Hopkins has lost none of his famous passion for mind games with his opponents in the pre-fight build up.

He is now almost 24 hours away from what he has promised will be his final appearance as a professional boxer in a career that has spanned 28 years and has amassed a career record as a pro of 55-7-2 (32KO).

But he’s not done just yet.

Speaking at the final pre-fight press conference for his showdown with New York’s Joe Smith Jr in California on Saturday night Hopkins said:

“Common man, special man. Which one you want? Which one you want? I want the special one. You want that before you become that. Claim it. And if you want to work your way back down to common man there is a lot of people down there. But very few think the way I think.”

On what he’s going to do to Smith, Hopkins added:

“Remember he gave you all a prediction. See I’m not going to predict that I’ll end his career mentally, emotionally, physically. I’m not going to wish a Kelly Pavlik on him. But what I am going to do is spank him, teach him his ABC’s and then send him back to Long Island.”

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