Jean Pascal Challenges Bernard Hopkins to Take Drug Test

James FoleyCorrespondent IMarch 28, 2011

LAS VEGAS - JULY 30:  Boxer Bernard Hopkins appears during the official weigh-in for WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz at the Mandalay Bay Events Center July 30, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marquez will defend his titles against Diaz on July 31 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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A crazy scene unfolded at the end of today's press conference in New York to hype up the Bernard Hopkins/Jean Pascal rematch in May.

I haven't see any of the earlier footage, so I'm not sure what led up to that. But I remember Pascal making a similar suggestion at a presser leading up to their first fight.


Pascal and Hopkins dueled to a draw in December—a match most observers saw Hopkins narrowly winning. Hopkins fell to the canvas twice in the early rounds—once on a glancing shot that may have been to the back of the head, and could have been ruled a slip. He was not hurt on either fall, but the points cost him the victory in the end.

Their second encounter is set for May 21 in Montreal, and will hopefully live up to the entertaining skirmish this afternoon.

Any suggestion that Hopkins has something to hide is probably completely baseless, and a ridiculous attempt by Pascal to rattle the wily veteran. Hopefully, Pascal can bring that same enthusiasm and aggression into the ring.

He will have to.