Bernard Hopkins vs. Jean Pascal: Live Results, Coverage and Analysis
The moment we have all waiting for is finally near. Bernard Hopkins vs. Jean Pascal is currently just hours away from happening for the second time since December 2010. Rematches in boxing are typically unwarranted and very boring.
We’re hoping that’s not the case this time around.
Bernard Hopkins has been running his mouth like crazy leading up to this bout. Some people will be tuning into this fight just in hopes of watching The Executioner get knocked out. While that's not likely to happen, Pascal did knock down the 46-year-old twice in their first bout.
During their first match, Hopkins and Pascal fought to a controversial majority draw. This time around, we're hoping the result is less controversial and more decisive. In addition, it would be nice if these two decided to put on a show for the fans and let their punches go more often.
Throughout the day I'll be updating this article with the latest predictions, results and analysis. Also, be sure to check out Bleacher Report's boxing page the best coverage on the planet!
After Bernard Hopkins' win over Jean Pascal in their rematch on Saturday night, B-Hop assured everyone in Canada that Pascal will be great someday.
Does anyone really believe him though?
Bernard Hopkins didn't win and become the oldest title holder in boxing history because he was the stronger man, faster man or the most psychically gifted. The Executioner was able to beat Jean Pascal because he was the smarter man.
It is time for us to really start questioning Jean Pascal's mental toughness. As soon as he got hit with a great shot from B-Hop, he was thrown off of his game-plan and struggled to do anything great from that point forward.
A lot of things can be learned in the gym, however mental toughness isn't something fighters typically improve with training or experience. I'm not saying it can't happen, but it certainly isn't likely.
Pascal is an exciting fighter and I wish him nothing but the best in the future. Unfortunately, I don't think he'll ever reach an elite level unless he gets a new trainer and drastically changes some of his in-fight habits.
Bernard Hopkins will go down as one of the best boxers to ever live. Like him or hate him, you have to respect how great he really is. He has lost fights in the past, but at 46-years-old he's possibly a better boxer than he has ever been.
That has never been more apparent than Saturday night when he beat a much younger Jean Pascal to become the oldest boxer in history to win a world title.
Some people may think Hopkins should retire now that he has done the impossible. Those people don't know Hopkins though. After the fight Bernard Hopkins assured his fans that he isn't anywhere close to retiring. In-fact, he mentioned fighting into his 50s.
If you go down Bernard Hopkins' boxing record, you will notice that he has lost some fights in the past. However, there is one fight he has not lost yet. The Executioner remains undefeated against father time.
He will look to extend that record when he takes on Chad Dawson later this year.
Bernard Hopkins has successfully became the oldest major title holder in boxing history after defeating Jean Pascal by a unanimous decision on Saturday night.
After the first few rounds the 46-year-old was able to get inside Pascal's head and Jean was never the same again. Both fighters fought their hearts out and left it all in the ring. I honestly thought this would have ended up being a boring boxing match, but I am extremely happy to be wrong.
Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal both hurt each other numerous times throughout their twelve rounds of boxing. However, B-Hop was able to hurt Pascal way more than Jean ever hurt him.
Whether you wanted Hopkins or Pascal to win, every boxing fan should be happy that there will not be any controversy this time around like there was in December when they first met.
Hopkins deserved to win and did everything he could to win. Congratulations to Bernard Hopkins.
Saturday night was a great night to be a boxing fan.
As I type this we are currently between rounds four and five of the Bernard Hopkins vs. Jean Pascal rematch. Pascal probably leads on all scorecards right now, but it is an extremely entertaining fight thus far.
Both Pascal and Hopkins have been hurt at different points during the first four rounds of the rematch and neither has backed down at all. There does to appear to be real bad blood between them, however as they hurt each other they are also gaining respect for each other.
What will happen in the remaining rounds is anyone's guess. Let's just hope both Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal can keep up the action-packed pace. Usually Hopkins doesn't like getting very active until the last half of the fight. That certainly is not the case tonight.
Coming into the rematch I didn't think a knockout by either fighter was possible. Now I'm not sure. Both fighters are throwing their punches with bad intentions.
Great fight so far!
If you wanted a good nap before watching Saturday night's rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal, you should have watched Chad Dawson's boring unanimous decision win over Adrian Diaconu on the undercard.
This was Chad Dawson's first fight under new trainer Emanuel Steward, who is one of the best in the business alongside Freddie Roach. However, Steward is not known for training exciting fan-friendly fighters and Dawson is no exception.
Dawson may have won, but he certainly didn't win over any fans. His constant jabbing with absolutely no desire to win via knockout was boring to watch and probably put thousands of viewers to sleep. Steward kept trying to get Dawson to throw his punches and go for a knockout, but he ignored him.
Dawson is the front-runner to face the winner of Hopkins vs. Pascal. However, nobody will care to see if they just watched his win over Diaconu. People watch boxing for entertainment, not for help falling asleep.
I certainly hope the main event is a much better fight than this one was.
If you have been following this article all day long in-order to find the results for Hopkins vs. Pascal before the two even step foot in the ring together for second time, then this is the post you have been waiting for.
At the end of my predictions for rounds 9 and 10 I had Pascal leading my scorecard, 96-93. Now let's looks at the last two rounds.
Many members of the boxing media and hardcore fans have gave Jean Pascal a reputation as a fighter who fades as the fight goes on. He is not known for doing very well in the later rounds of fights. Today, however, he proves his critics wrong.
In the 11th round Pascal begins to school the 46-year-old future hall of famer with beautiful boxing technique. His jab is working to perfection and Hopkins can't do anything to avoid it. For the first time in a long time, B-Hop is finally showing his age. He is tired and just can't compete with Pascal at this point in the fight.
Round 11 clearly goes to Pascal, 10-9.
When the bell rings for the 12th and final round both fighters touch gloves and go to work. Hopkins wants to be aggressive, but he's just too exhausted to do anything. He's looking for the one punch knockout, but it's not going to happen. Not tonight. Pascal knows he's ahead on the scorecards and isn't going to be denied the biggest victory of his life.
Pascal is a jabbing fool in round 12 and has no problem winning the round, 10-9.
Both fighters hug in the middle of the ring after the fight and congratulate each other for a hard fought rematch. Hopkins keeps his head held low as he knows he didn't do enough to win.
The final scorecards all read is 116-111 all for the winner by unanimous decision Jean Pascal.
During the post-fight interviews Bernard Hopkins says he will consider retirement and suggests that father time has finally caught up to him. He wishes Pascal nothing but success in the future.
That concludes my predictions for Bernard Hopkins vs. Jean Pascal. Enjoy the fight and stay tuned for the latest results from throughout the boxing match!
Through eight rounds of my pre-fight predictions for the results of Hopkins vs. Pascal I currently have Jean ahead on my scorecard, 77-74. There have been a couple exciting moments, but so far it hasn't been the fan-friendly fight we were promised. Will that change soon? Stay-tuned!
Round 9 starts and Jean Pascal comes out firing. He seems to think Hopkins is completely gassed. Pascal is swinging hard trying to go for the knockout. B-Hop is way too smart though. He clinches and dodges any punches from hitting clean.
Pascal did land a couple nice shots and wins round 9 as Hopkins backpedaled and clinched throughout the round.
Round 10 is when most of the ringside announcers were saying Hopkins was going to step-up his action and they were right. Hopkins is swinging and lands a beautiful right hook that staggers Pascal who quickly clinches. The punch definitely hurts Pascal who stays out of harm’s way for the rest of the round.
Round 10 goes to Hopkins. Pascal leads my scorecard, 96-93.
As my predictions for the results of tonight's Bernard Hopkins vs. Jean Pascal rematch continue, it's time to look at rounds 7 and 8. Currently, I have projected Pascal to have a 58-55 lead on the scorecards after scoring a knockdown in round 6.
Getting off his stool for round 7, Bernard Hopkins looks absolutely pissed. Most likely because he knows he was knocked down, but the punch didn't seem to really hurt him. He comes out swinging like a wild man and lands a few good punches on Pascal who is simply overwhelmed by everything B-Hop is throwing at him.
Round 7 goes to Hopkins.
In round 8 it looks like B-Hop may have worn himself out a bit by throwing so many punches in the previous round. This allows Pascal to work off his jab and hits Hopkins with some nice punches while the 46-year-old tries to rest on the ropes.
Jean Pascal takes round 8 and currently leads my scorecard, 77-74.
Heading into round 5 of the rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal I have the fight dead even at 38-38. Hopkins jumped out to a lead in the first two rounds thanks to his aggressiveness, but Pascal did more than enough in rounds 3 and 4 to make the fight even.
In round 5 I see Pascal continuing to get the best of Hopkins with his slick boxing and counter-punching. Hopkins just isn't showing the aggressiveness that he showed in the first two rounds while Pascal is getting more comfortable with every passing round.
Round 5 ends with Pascal landing a left hook after Hopkins misses a wild left hook. This round goes to Pascal.
Bernard Hopkins comes out for round 6 with a little bit of aggressiveness and hits Pascal with a nice body punch followed by an uppercut to his jaw. Pascal covers up and starts working off of his jab.
With a minute left in the fight Pascal lands a beautiful straight which catches Hopkins off balance and knocks him down. B-Hop isn't hurt from the punch, but it's a 10-8 round for Pascal.
Jean Pascal is up on my scorecard, 58-55.
In my previous predictions breaking down how I see the first two rounds of the Bernard Hopkins vs. Jean Pascal rematch, I gave Hopkins a 20-18 lead on the scorecards. However, I see that changing drastically throughout the night.
In round 3 I see Bernard Hopkins finally starting to slow down a bit and save his energy for the later rounds. I also think this is the round when Jean Pascal finds his rhythm and slowly begins to take over the fight.
Jean Pascal begins to let his hands flow a little more often and his countering is starting to be effective every time Hopkins throws a punch of his own. Round 3 goes to Pascal.
In round 4 things are pretty much the same as before. Pascal has taken complete control of the pace and is dictating everything Hopkins does. Pascal lands a beautiful one-two which knocks B-Hop off-balance and gets the crowd roaring.
B-Hop tries to flurry but Pascal ties him up and starts working off the jab for the remainder of the round.
Through four rounds I have the fight even, 38-38.
So you want to know where and when you can watch the Bernard Hopkins vs. Jean Pascal rematch tonight. Well, it's quite simple really. You need to order HBO!
Not only is HBO treating us to a wonderful main event between Hopkins and Pascal, they're also pleasuring us with what's expected to be a great undercard bout between Chad Dawson and Adrian Diaconu.
Keep in mind that Pascal barley beat Dawson when the two met last August. Whether Pascal wins or loses against Bernard Hopkins tonight, a rematch with Dawson is a strong possibility if he takes care of Diaconu.
The undercard can be expected to happen around 10pm eastern.
Afterwards, HBO will go into full coverage of the main even we have all been waiting for. Bernard Hopkins vs. Jean Pascal II.
We expect the main even to take place right around 11pm eastern.
In the meantime, check out HBO Boxing for more information on tonight's great fight!
While every boxing fan in the world is waiting for the official results from tonight's big boxing rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal, I figured it'd be a good idea to over some predictions. Instead of boring you with one long post predicting the entire fight, I'll break it down into rounds.
In round one, I anticipate Bernard Hopkins coming out of his corner very aggressively while Jean Pascal is a little hesitant and cautious to throw punches. The Executioner's aggressiveness looks great to the fans, but he never lands a really clean punch.
Pascal continues to back up and pick his shots very carefully. However, his cautious attitude in round one causes him to lose the round. Hopkins takes Round one, 10-9.
In round 2, Hopkins' aggression has worn down a bit, but he's still pressing the action. With about 1:30 left in the round Pascal finally seems to be finding his groove. He hits Hopkins with a beautiful counter which causes B-Hop to take a step back.
Hopkins flurries in the last 30 seconds and lands a clean right hook of his own while Pascal is on the ropes.
Round two is a close round, but Hopkins steals it. 20-18 Hopkins.
I wasn't planning to cover the Roy Jones Jr. vs. Denis Lebedev fight much today. The plan all week has been to cover the heck out of the Bernard Hopkins vs. Jean Pascal fight tonight.
However, I'm not sure many people expected Jones Jr. to get completely dominated like he did against Lebedev when the two fought in Russia today. In his prime, an argument can be made for Jones Jr. to be considered as the greatest boxer of his era. Unfortunately, the last few years have been rough for him.
In his last three fights he has been completely dominated. Danny Green knocked him out in round 1 of their 2009 fight. Bernard Hopkins easily won a unanimous decision over him last year and today Lebedev may have ended his career by winning via 10th round TKO over the future hall of famer.
Lebedev is an above average fighter who was expected to win, but make no mistake about it. Roy Jones Jr. would have torn him to shreds if he was in his prime. Anybody Marco Huck can beat, a prime Jones Jr. could have destroyed.
I hope Roy Jones goes back to color commentating fights and never returns to the ring again. His days inside the ring are clearly over. Let's just remember him for how great he once was.
Hardcore and casual boxing fans alike will all be tuning into HBO tonight to watch the anticipated rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal. The Executioner has done a marvelous job of hyping the fight and getting people interested in watching.
Will it really be a great day for the sport of boxing though?
The first fight between Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal didn't really do much to help the sport. The fight wasn't overly exciting and the controversial ending didn't help matters.
Why should we assume the second fight will be any different? Hopkins still talks a great game, but at the end of the day he's a fairly boring boxer.
Don't be surprised if this is another close fight with a controversial ending that leaves the entire audience disappointed with what they just witnessed. I don't see either fighter taking enough risks to make this an enjoyable fight for fans.
Let’s hope I’m wrong!
We are currently just a few hours away from watching the rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal. With everyone's busy schedules these days it may be hard to keep track of when these two fighters will actually enter the ring together.
The start time for the HBO event is 10pm ET., but don't expect Hopkins and Pascal to begin their ring walks until an hour or so later. I would expect the main event to take place at around 11 or 11:30pm ET.
However, you should definitely tune in and watch the undercard match between Chad Dawson and Adrian Diaconu.
Dawson is one of the most underrated boxers in the sport today. He will also be a front-runner to face Jean Pascal whether he beats Bernard Hopkins or not.
The Dawson vs. Diaconu fight should start shortly after the HBO event goes live at 10pm ET. I would expect the undercard match to begin around 10:15 ET.
Enjoy the great night of fights and stay tuned to this article for the latest coverage of the entire Bernard Hopkins vs. Jean Pascal fight.