By Don Donatello
Unless Bernard Hopkins suddenly shows his true age, Hit and Hold Hopkins, the sly old fox of boxing will outsmart the young and flawed Jean Pascal. Besides, HGH works wonders for old athletes. People are giving too much credit for Pascal’s win over Chad Dawson. Chad’s weakness is against speedy fighters, Pascal’s win was mostly due to styles. Hopkins will nullify Pascal’s speed by maintaining a safe distance. He will use angles and set up Pascal to walk into a trap where Hopkins can take advantage. Hopkins will utilize his hit and hold technique repeatedly.
The fight is going to be a bore because Hopkins will make it so. There will be little heated exchanges of punches. The only skirmish to happen will be if one of them is caught with a good punch and the other goes in for the kill.
For entertainment value, count this fight as one of the most disappointing, it will be almost the same fight like the second Bernard Hopkins vs Roy Jones Jr match. The difference is that Pascal will fall for more traps than Jones did. Hopkins is too old to catch a speedy and young fighter like Pascal. So he will be a counter puncher by luring Pascal into coming in. When the angle is not there for Hopkins, he will hold Pascal and sneak a few punches.
That is how Hopkins has been fighting; he is a chess player both in and outside the ring. Hopkins is the smartest man in boxing. I watch boxing for it’s violent action and entertainment value, not how to hit, hold, duck and work as little as possible to win.
I pick the old, cagey, and calculating veteran to win by Unanimous Decision in a boring fight. Hopkins will dictate the pace, he will plod, sneak a punch here, sneak a punch there, hit, and hold. This fight will be youth and physical ability versus experience and brain power.
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