Bernard Hopkins wants to fight Floyd Mayweather in a monumental catchweight showdown next year, but only after unifying the light-heavyweight showdown and allowing the pound-for-pound king to edge closer to an unbeaten half-century of professional bouts.
The 49-year-old once again won his battle against father time last weekend with an impressive victory over Beibut Shumenov, becoming the oldest fighter in history to unify world titles after adding the WBA belt to his IBF crown.
Hopkins is particularly conscious of leaving his mark on the boxing record books and believes a future fight with Mayweather will allow him to do that beyond doubt, even giving the potential marquee match-up the moniker "50-50" if both men's careers pan out the way he wants over the next 12 months.
He told the LA Times: "After I become the undisputed light-heavyweight champion of the world, if there was one big fight out there, I know what I would call it -- 50-50.
"He wants to pass Marciano. He wants to get to 50 and I [will be] 50. That would be huge."
"I would love to do that. But let me get past Stevenson first."
Mayweather is currently focused on preparing to face Marcos Maidana on May 3rd, but past Amir Khan, Adrien Broner and a select few the king of modern boxing is running out of meaningful opponents.
Hopkins has the name and legacy to fit the bill as a future opponent, but wants the clash to take place once he's aged 50 and beaten Adonis Stevenson, allowing Mayweather time to close in Marciano's unblemished record of 49 successive victories.
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