By now this video of a press conference scuffle this week between Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal ought to have been seen by plenty, and for a fight of this size, it got some rare attention out there in the mainstream. One of the things that makes it neat how differently everyone has looked at it and its fallout. Pascal is under Hopkins' skin! Hopkins is under Pascal's skin! Hopkins is a hypocrite! Pascal is!
I am not a trained body language expert, not that any of the trained body language experts actually know what they're talking about, either. What follows is nonetheless my highly convincing imaginary explanation of what the deal is.
Pascal, the light heavyweight champion of the world, ginned this "take the test" stuff up to tick off Hopkins, in anticipation of Hopkins ginning up something like he always does before a fight to tick off HIS opponent. Pascal said he's upset that Hopkins belittled the people of Quebec City, but I think he was trying to preempt and provoke Hopkins to get a mental edge, perhaps sensing that he needs one after the way the first fight between Pascal and Hopkins ended on a note that most assuredly went Hopkins' way, draw or no.
And I think it kind of worked. Pascal's hysterics about steroids can't have been terribly sincere, or else he'd have made sure tests were required in the contract. Hopkins is a man who has taken an intense pride in his conditioning and even his waist size. How better to irritate him than imply his physical achievements as a 46-year-old man are artificial? For those who believe Pascal's hysterics are a sign of him being nervous, you are, in my imaginationland, totally wrong. Hopkins, the master of press conference mind games, got pwned.
Hopkins, for his part, said he snapped and shoved Pascal because Pascal put his arm around him. This was a breach of decorum that crossed a line for a man who once threw the Puerto Rican flag on the ground and said he would never lose a fight with a white dude. So Hopkins responded to Pascal's breach of decorum by threatening to kill him, which is not an uncool thing to do in B-Hopland. It was a much more explicit death threat than we're used to getting from B-Hop, but no more realistic than those he issued in the past. Hopkins hasn't scored a knockout since 2004. An in-ring murder seems a bit beyond him. I probably inadvertently killed an ant walking to work today, but you don't hear me getting all Galactus Eater of Worlds with my threats against mankind. Anyway, this death threat thing was a way for Hopkins to try to re-seize the mental edge.
Double anyway, that's exactly what happened. I would suggest you leave your own imaginary explanation of what happened in the comments section below but I'm into solipsism so I really can't trust what "you" might be "saying." But go ahead, if you wanna.
it doesnt matter what you nutt ass dudes say/b.hop is going to whip that ass may 7th/so take ur tongue and lick on that hatters
I don't know if I can really call a winner in this. Pascal reminds me a little bit of the bad version of mayweather here. Hopklins got upset. Pwning I don't believe is the right term for it. "Edging out" I think fits better.
There was definitely a Second Shover. You need to check out the secret alternate camera angle. But you'll just deny it, like you deny hating Manny Pacquiao. Socialist. You probably weren't even born in this country. I've never even seen your birth certificate. Ant-killer.
Can't feel sorry for Poor BHop as you say he has thrown down a countries flag and race baited to hype fights before. In that context what is off limits. I would have thought threatening to kill was a bit of a taboo. But there has been much less criticism of this than the original steroid remarks. Whether he can carry it out is sort of beside the point. He will presumably be punching his opponent in the head and things happen. Even Paulie Mallignagi could be the guy in the ring when an acumulation of damage leads to a tragedy.
"For those who believe Pascal's hysterics are a sign of him being nervous, you are, in my imaginationland, totally wrong. Hopkins, the master of press conference mind games, got pwned."
I'm nervous about Pascal's chances for this fight, so that's how I saw it -- a nervous weird move. I hope you're right! *fingers crossed*
I'd really really like to reframe this as a strangely successful maneuver to get under BHop's skin. That might be a first, no? Couple that with the two knockdowns in the first fight, and we have some interesting developments in the overall story between these two.
Also: I'm gonna be in Montreal for a couple weeks in May. If The Fates are smiling, I'll be at the fight!
@ChinkkieEyesJunkkie DOH! WE JUST GOT TOLD!
@edub Admittedly I just wanted to say "pwned."
@Scott_Kraus Zaprudering! You kicked some knowledge.
@The Count of Monte Fisto (boom!) I imagined people would disagree with me. YOU ARE WRONG!
Anyway, yeah, it could totally be a nervous weird move.
Good on you if you get to go.
@tstarks another one of those moments where I'm happy as hell to be wrong. we'll see though. the last fight was...intriguing. we'll see what's what in May, I guess.