"The athleticism that we possess and that we are born with, most of us, not all of us, but most of us -- because I've seen some awkward black guys that can't even tie their shoes. But the blessing of most of us is that we've run the races."
"Jesse Owens ran against the Germans. We're known in history. It's in our DNA, most of us. There's no secret that we are built differently. There's no secret that we have things that other cultures don't have and that they have to work to get. It's nothing that I made up or anything that was printed on a book two days ago. It's called genetics."
Oops, he's at it again.
More recently, he brought the subject of race into play in a negative fashion when talking about Manny Pacquiao's choice of opponents, and waxed philosophical on the "genetic" superiority of the black athlete.
Now, perhaps predictably, given his frequent statements on race in boxing in the past few years, Bernard Hopkins has taken some vicious verbal shots at the Klitschko brothers.
Speaking to Boxing News magazine recently in London, the aging middleweight ripped the heavyweight champions of the world, saying, "The Klitschko brothers are dominating. It’s not fair and it’s not fun."
Hopkins apparently didn't explain exactly what is "not fair" about two Eastern European brothers dominating the heavyweight scene, but no matter.
"I’m not impressed with those guys," "B-Hop" continues, regarding the Klitschkos.
"They’ve got the height and good records and a Hall of Fame trainer in Emanuel Steward. But, otherwise, they’re ordinary. They ain’t special. They’re just lucky.”
Indeed, given their sterling records, the Klitschkos must be two of the luckiest men alive, going by Hopkins' rationale.
Also predictably, given his skin color and the fact that he is aligned with Golden Boy Promotions (as is Hopkins), WBA champion David Haye of the UK is depicted by Hopkins as someone who can save the heavyweight division from the "unfair" nature of the Klitschko brothers' reign.
"Without Haye there ain’t nothing going on in the heavyweights," Hopkins contends. "But if he gets the chance, Haye will knock out both brothers."
(Hopkins apparently hasn't heard that Haye has had numerous chances to fight both Klitschko brothers, and passed on every one of them)
"The younger one would be real easy for Haye," Hopkins excitedly argues, warming to his subject. "But he’d run them both down and knock them both out.”
Whatever you say, Bernard.
Too bad that Haye himself doesn't seem as convinced.
Tune in tomorrow for Bernard Hopkins' thoughts on why Jack Dempsey was an overrated tomato can.