Still a talker, but with a new career
Meet Bernard Hopkins: boxer, promoter and, now, broadcaster.
On Saturday, Hopkins will make his pay-per-view debut in the broadcast booth when he sits ringside for Golden Boy's "Lightweight Lightning" show (HBO PPV, 9 p.m.) in Austin, Texas. The card features some of boxing's top, young 135-pounders, including hard-hitting
While all eyes will be on the fighters, ears will be tuned into Hopkins, who, after years of calling out the likes of
"A lot of commentators -- [former] boxers and non-boxers -- are going to be out of a job when I get comfortable," said Hopkins. "I'm a quick learner. I study. You have seen how I dedicate myself when I fight. Can you imagine the dedication I'm going to put into this?"
As a fighter, Hopkins' résumé is impressive: a 10-year reign as middleweight champion, 20 successful title defenses and a brief stint wearing the light heavyweight crown.
However, his broadcasting résumé is a little flimsy. ESPN tapped him as a studio guest for three "Friday Night Fight" events and dispatched him ringside for another. Even including the countless times he has mimicked
With the challenges of a career outside of the ring ahead of him, Hopkins sounds like a man content to leave his life inside the ring behind him. Hopkins has not fought since dismantling
"There is a great chance you won't see me fight again," said Hopkins. "That's not bad. You got to see one of the greatest fights of my career [against Pavlik]. Every football player who has won rings will say it's great to win one on the way out."
And Adamek? Is Hopkins disappointed that he couldn't win a title in a third weight class?
"Not at all," he said. "Adamek and [promoter]
To some, half a million may seem like chump change for a recognized champion. But Hopkins is quick to tell otherwise.
While Hopkins won't rule out a return to the ring, he has set a June deadline to either find a fight or walk away for good.
"The clock isn't on my side," said Hopkins. "It's hard to start this old cart engine up and shine like I shined against Kelly Pavlik. I'm no fool. I'm financially secure and I have a nice family. That's enough."