I've never ducked anyone. Bernard Hopkins has beaten people that nobody else wanted to fight — Winky Wright, Antonio Tarver. I knocked out Felix Trinidad easily, Oscar de la Hoya with a body shot, I had world title 20 defences.
As quoted in "Hopkins turns up heat on Calzaghe"at BBC News (14 November 2007)
Let him leave his home town and try to invade the United States and beat Bernard Hopkins, a great champion, a legend.Bernard Hopkins
I am an old man, I just happen to be an old man that can fight.Bernard Hopkins
I feel in an executioner mood, I am going to punish him and punish him slowly.Bernard Hopkins