Hopkins thinks he'd be a good match for Mayweather

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Posted: September 18, 2013

BERNARD HOPKINS, all 48 years of him, wants to fight Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. Said he'd even drop down to 160 pounds to do it.

Problem is, Mayweather is not comfortable fighting above 147 pounds. His fight with Canelo Alvarez over the weekend was only his third above that weight.

"Floyd, his skills are so out there that he can risk going up to 160," Hopkins told Sports Illustrated. "It isn't the weight that is going to win the fight, it's the skills. The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. The only guy who is going to beat a guy like Floyd Mayweather is a master chess player. And who is the master chess player? I'll go back to 160. It's the biggest old [man] fight. Everyone from the nursing home will be watching."

Mayweather might have other fighters on his mind not named Hopkins, including Amir Khan and Philly's own Danny Garcia. Fighting on the same Showtime Pay-Per-View card as Mayweather on Saturday, Garcia retained his WBC/WBA/Ring junior welterweight title with a unanimous decision over Lucas Matthysse, improving his pro record to 27-0.

Earlier, Garcia said it could be his last fight at 140 pounds, setting him up for a possible 2014 fight with Mayweather.

But Hopkins being Hopkins, he has this whole thing in perspective.

"When your name is 'Money,' money moves you," Hopkins said. "It would be a chess game. He would have the burden. You can't let a 49-year-old [he turns 49 in January] go the distance with you. It would have to be a rumble. It wouldn't be easy. This man has a defense that it would be a counterpunching fight."

At this point, Hopkins should be focusing on his Oct. 26 fight against Karo Murat, in which he'll be defending his IBF light heavyweight title in Atlantic City.

But if Bernard is looking for some sparring to do in the meantime, his buddy Donovan McNabb will be in town getting his number retired on Thursday.

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