Bob Arum said Julio Cesar Chavez could fight Brian Vera next, and eventually, Andre Ward.
Exclusive Q&A: Hopkins wants to go out "guns blazing" in 2012 - Next
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RingTV.com: But isn't that a contrasting philosophy to the times during your middleweight title defense when you took low purses to retain your belts?
BH: It's business, so, absolutely. I can't be a business man in one situation and then be stupid on the others. But I also understand that without the belt, even with all of those big fights out there, I could also be shooting myself in the foot.
So I will try to fight Dawson unless it does not make business sense. I might not have to do that [vacate the belt,] but if I do, then I think that the WBC will understand that, of course. If nobody else understands that, then that's on them.
Because it's business. It's common sense. If you've got a $5 million fight out there, are you're going to fight for a belt for only $1 million if you're 47 years old like I am? Plus, you know, I've got about 15 belts at home that I can go and look at.
RingTV.com: Do you believe that you've expanded your fanbase?
BH: Yes I do. I've got Mexican fans more than ever. I've got Puerto Rican fans more than ever. I've got Puerto Rican and Mexican fans up the whazoo.
I have a lot of fans. I have multi-cultural fans. I've got a lot of love in D.C. But then, D.C. has been behind me for years.
I remember my former trainer, Bouie Fisher, telling me how Ray Robinson fought at Champs Gym. I want people to say that about Bernard Hopkins, that he dictated his own destiny to a point where his fight career brought significant change.