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The odds are set. The preliminary fights are over. The contract is signed. More importantly, fight fans are ready. The upcoming title bout between Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins is the type of fight that maintains boxing fans' faith throughout the year as we are forced to sit through matches featuring the likes of card-fillers Clifford Etienne and a past-his-prime Virgil Hill. This fight is the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the Everlast rainbow.
By now, we have all heard the comparisons of the De La Hoya/ Hopkins fight to the 1987 bout between Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvin Hagler. And quite frankly, the comparisons are abundant. There is the older, experienced champion who has ruled the division for years. Then, there is the former Olympic champion who has been successful throughout his career, looking to topple a living legend and add to his legacy. But, the question still remains; will the fight have same ending as Leonard/Hagler? Will De La Hoya prove the naysayers wrong and actually defeat Hopkins?