Photos by Chris Cozzone
Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. held open, abbreviated workouts for fans and media today at the Mizuya Lounge at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas to kick off Fight Week. On Saturday, April 3, the two will meet in the ring 17 years after their original fight. ”The Rivals: Hopkins vs. Jones II,” broadcast live on pay-per-view beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from the Mandalay Bay.
“Every fight I have the same mentality. It is either my life or my opponent’s life. For that reason alone, I don’t know why a fight wouldn’t be personal. Our rivalry is just a little bit spicier.
“I have accomplished so many things and I think that losing to Roy Jones Jr. made me a better fighter later on in my career.
“This is not it for me. Why should it be? The ring retires fighters. Fighters don’t retire from the ring. The ring doesn’t talk in a literal sense, but it speaks to me.
“I’ve not the prettiest fighter, but I am going on 50 plus fights without a cut.
“Roy Jones Jr. knew in 1993 that I was going to be a problem, but I was green. I am not green anymore.
“There are holes in Roy Jones Jr.’s legacy. It isn’t about whether or not he belongs in the Hall of Fame, it is about the quality of his opposition. I stopped a lot of guys from being world champions.
“I have the heart to win and the determination to win. I want to punish and destroy Roy Jones Jr. for good.
“At the end of the day, come Saturday, I am going to show the world why Roy Jones Jr. avoided ‘The Executioner’ for 17 years.”
ROY JONES JR.
“Bernard Hopkins has been waiting a long time for this fight. This fight is going to have the same result that it had the first time.
“Bernard is not going to feel happy with himself on Sunday morning. He is going to be in a lot of pain on Saturday night.
“I know how he fights. He is going to try to rough me up. I will be ready for anything he tries to do.
“He has no idea what I am going to do or how I am going to fight. I know what he does. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. And he is old. He looks like he is 52.
“I think I am going to stop him. I don’t know when, but I will be really surprised if it goes 12 rounds.”