At 48, Bernard Hopkins could spend his time working with young fighters as a minority partner in Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.
Instead, Hopkins is going to try to break his own record and become the oldest title holder in boxing history when he fights for the IBF light heavyweight championship against current title holder Tavoris Cloud.
The fight takes place Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and will air on HBO, with the undercard starting at 9:30 p.m. Hopkins spoke via a conference call about the fight and his feud with Don King.
What would it mean to win the title Saturday night?
Hopkins » "It will mean a lot to me, but it will mean more to the young guys that I see not only in the gym but around the world in boxing that admire me to understand if you keep your body clean, you keep it clean in and out and you do the right things, you might not fight until you're in your 40s, but you have a great possible career. I listened to Michael Jordan. He just had his 50th birthday, and he said something very profound on ESPN. He said he wished he could play again but he knows he can't do it anymore. I'm not that far from 50, but I can say March 9 you're going to see a healthy Bernard Hopkins. Nothing is wrong. Everything is tight. I had time to rest, I'm ready to go and it's going to be a masterful performance and hopefully a win."
Do you really want to put Don King out of business?
"I do mean it, and it's nothing to do with promotions. It's got something to do with if you have a store and you don't have any goods on the shelf, nobody's going to come in here, and you have to eventually pack up and go. And so the last time I looked -- I'll check again for you after I get off this press conference call -- to see who he has in his stable that's worthy of you even having an interview with or talking. And I'm not saying this to be smart or vindictive. I'm just saying that what else horse he has to ride on? He conceded to that at the press conference at the Barclays Center when I mentioned it, but he said he has a thoroughbred. I'm glad he realized he do, and he does. But let's see how the cowboy rides the bull."
Examiner columnist Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. Follow him on Twitter @wordmandc.