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    Smokey Wilson was like my Gandhi. If I had run into somebody else in prison, with a different set of values, the world might have never known one of the greatest boxing talents ever to come out of Philadelphia.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: world  value  talent  prison 
     
    It takes a very very strong individual not to be corrupt in any of those things as time moves on. Myself and other people who went that road and experienced that world, some got a second birth of life and some is in the dirt.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: time  people  world  strong  birth  corrupt 
     
    When you have somebody that's smart and you're not so smart, to me that's modern day slavery because you're being dictated to.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: smart  slavery 
     
    I am going in there to win this fight. I don't think people are taking me seriously. I'm gonna surprise a lot of people. This guy helped two people make history.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: people  fight 
     
    The Pavlik fight was the first time I heard the masses put the word knockout attached to my opponent. I'm real keen on what people say. Ninety percent of it might be garbage, but something in there might be the plan. That woke me up and I knew I wanted to destroy.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: time  people  fight  real 
     
    The media here know that there's the possibility that I can pull this off. I'm confident. Confidence comes with work. When you prepare yourself and you know you're going into combat with all of your bullets, you have the confidence to go into battle.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    The only thing I can do is be right about what I say. Because I know I'm being watched. I understand what I'm facing. All I can do is put the work behind it.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: work  right 
     
    I want to be the poster child for taking care of yourself after 40. Obesity is an epidemic in this country and I'm a living, breathing example of what it means to stay healthy.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    I didn't need to take any fight for the last 10 years. But I've always fought the best and I've always wanted to prove myself to the best.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: fight  year 
     
    I'm 100 percent clean. I'm doing this off of nuts and bananas.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    This fight isn't about boxing, it's something deeper than that.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: fight 
     
    I must destroy everybody that comes in front of me. I must execute them and I must do it in grand style. I must slay Robert Allen like I must slay De La Hoya or anybody else that steps in that ring.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    Early on in my career I had the kind of anxious where you couldn't sleep at night. That anxiousness is like a virus we all have in us. Some you can deal with but some will wipe you out.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: sleep  night  career 
     
    The only way you can get experience is from the clock. Time works with some people and against some people. Fortunately, the clock has worked in my favor.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: time  people  work  experience 
     
    I would never let a white boy beat me. You can print that. I would never lose to a white person.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: people  boys 
     
    There are so many things I've done that the world of boxing has witnessed. It's going to be difficult for the boxing people to pick one of my performances as the best.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: people  world 
     
    Enjoy that you can see me now. I would love to see the great Michael Jordan and Julius Erving in their younger days, but they're gone. Look at me at 50, I'm going to eat right and live right so I can take less punches and look normal.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: live  right  gone 
     
    There's no great person that lived that didn't go through scrutiny or ridicule and prosecution in all types of ways, to be who they are in history.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: people 
     
    You're hated by some, loved by others, but that's what's great about being different. If everybody loved you, that means you're not doing the right thing most of the time.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: time  right 
     
    I'm not going to give up. If you pay attention to my plan and the way I live and the way I eat, then you have a chance to extend your life a few more years.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: chance  live  attention  year 
     
    You've got to be willing to look at a guy's face and say I will kill you if I have to. You've got to be willing to look in his face and say that I will stab you, I will hurt you and you can't talk the game, you've got to really act and do the game. Prison is a thing where talking gets you killed. What gets you respect is you do. The guy that you fear is a guy that says nothing.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: fear  hurt  respect  prison  games 
     
    I am an old man, I just happen to be an old man that can fight.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: men  fight 
     
    If you don't know your own value, somebody will tell you your value, and it'll be less than you're worth.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: value  worth 
     
    It takes no effort to be ordinary. Ordinary is not even a challenge. You can do nothing and be ordinary.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: challenge 
     
    You're not going to see a new Bernard Hopkins. I'm too old for that crap. I think what you will see is something different that I know I am capable of doing.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    There's always a chance you will see something new in a fight. Especially in boxing.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: chance  fight 
     
    I have the philosophy that I'm different. I have the body, the well-being and the experience. Now the teacher gets to show the student that he's worthy of the lesson. Let me show him through experience.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    I don't know what being a 48-year-old feels like. There are a lot of 48 year olds that aren't in good shape. The pharmacy is making a killing off of them.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: year 
     
    The middleweight division is one of the most exciting divisions in the sport. Fighters can punch like heavyweights and have the speed of the lightweights. You have the best of world worlds.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: world 
     
    You think it's hard for me when I go in the ring and fight? That's the least of my problems. I think about the five years that I did in prison. I think about the nine years on parole. Nothing - nothing! - can compare to that struggle. I'm telling you, from being an ex-convict with 30 convictions, a degree nowhere to be found and black? I'm done.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: problem  struggle  prison  year 
     
    This is a great position to be in. I don't really believe there is any fighter, in any decade that can be in my position of luxury that I've been in for many years.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: believe  year 
     
    The NBA has a voice that's why they have a lockout. The NFL has a voice that's why they had a lockout. Boxing is the only sport that's individually represented the individual people - Managers, Promoters and Boxers.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: people 
     
    I was knocking guys out in the streets before I knew how to throw a jab and keep your chin down, In most neighbourhoods, the guy that could fight gets respect. You got in the parties free. I never had to pay the dollar because people were scared of me. But back then I was ignorant.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: people  respect  fight 
     
    I wouldn't wanna fight me, because I know it wouldn't be a good outcome for both.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: fight 
     
    Boxers are resilitant guys. We know how to take of a big punch that hits us, we know how to survive. Oscar is a survivor, he's gonna be back bigger and stronger.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    Understand that I'm at my best when it comes to proving a point, not only to show that I'm a better fighter and a better athlete at 40½ years old, but I'm at my best when I know I've got to beat the system again.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: year 
     
    I've done so many unpredictable things and so profoundly. Even the people who want to go against me, are afraid to go against me. They've been wrong so many times. A lot of them are just being mum right now. They must feel I can still do things.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: time  people  right  wrong  afraid 
     
    The streets was basically my parents.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: parent 
     
    I still shop at Costco. I just started tipping two years ago.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: year 
     
    I always not only want push the envelope in my career but I also have an itch for going against the grain.
    — Bernard Hopkins
    tags: career 
     
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