We received the below today from Top Rank Boxing listing the names of same of their greatest fights. The list also includes the name of the upcoming Kelly Pavlik – Bernard Hopkins fight scheduled for October 18th in Atlantic City. The fight will be marketed as “Unstoppable” as Pavlik has been on an all-out roll with wins over Jose Luis Zertuche, Edison Miranda, Jermain Taylor (twice) and Gary Lockett. Future Hall of Famer Hopkins has never been stopped. However, we still agree with Hopkins who wanted this fight to be called “The Blue Collar Fight” which describes the work ethics of these two boxers. As Hopkins stated in NY at the press conference that both him and Pavlik will train and fight anywhere and anyone. Hopkins said that they will train in the basement, in Moms kitchen, in a prison cell, they simply will train anywhere cause they are Blue Collar Fighters. How can we disagree with him, Hopkins at 43 is in great shape and has unequal discipline. This is a man that is totally dedicated to his body and sport he doesn’t drink or smoke, so no big celebrations’ after his victories. He always trains all year around just look at his six pack that talks the talk.
Then you have Kelly Pavlik who fights anyone that Top Rank puts in front of him. He doesn’t trash talk he just lets his fist do the talking in middle of the ring. His heart and determination can not be questioned especially after the first Taylor fight after surviving the early knockout and coming back to level Taylor. So yes these two are “The Blue Collar” boxers we are not normally accustomed in seeing.
Here are some of Top Rank’s greatest event titles and battles: 1985 - “The Fight” - Hagler vs Hearns 1986 - “SuperFight” - Hagler vs. Leonard 1990 - “The Puncher and the Preacher” - Foreman vs. Cooney 1990 - “Once Is Not Enough” - Toney vs. McCallum 1991 - “Battle of the Ages” - Foreman vs. Holyfield 1993 - “Heavy Damage” - Foreman vs. Coetzer 1996 - “Ultimate Glory” - De La Hoya vs. Chavez 1997 - “Buster on Broadway” - Douglas vs. Ryan in NYC 1999 - “Fight of the Millenium” - De La Hoya vs. Trinidad 2002 - “Bad Blood” - De La Hoya vs Vargas 2006 - “Sworn Enemies” - Mayweather vs. Judah 2007 - “War For Four” - Morales vs. Diaz 2008 - “Lethal Combination” - Pacquiao vs. Diaz 2008 - “The Battle” - Cotto vs. Margarito 2008 - “Unstoppable” - Pavlik vs. Hopkins Interesting, Bob Arum came up with the names of Top Rank’s two biggest events - SuperFight with Hagler vs. Leonard and Fight of the Millenium with De La Hoya vs. Trinidad. Rich Rose, then boxing director of Caesars Las Vegas, came up with Ultimate Glory. Mark Taffett’s crew at HBO PPV suggested Lethal Combination for Pacquiao vs. Diaz. Cotto vs. Margarito was initially called The Battle of the Decade when Top Rank president Todd DuBoef tightened it to ‘The Battle.’