The middleweight champ—a.k.a. the Executioner—signed last week to fight Oscar De La Hoya on Sept. 18. Hopkins (43-2-1) has won 23 straight fights.
SI: You turned 39 in January but show little signs of aging. How have you done it?
Hopkins: A lot of it has to do with genetics. And ducking doesn't hurt either.
SI: You have an IBF mandatory defense fight with Robert Allen on June 5. You won't slip up and lose that one, right?
Hopkins: The only way I will lose to Robert Allen is if somebody slips Ecstasy in my water.
SI: Does it bother you that De La Hoya is guaranteed more money [$30 million to Hopkins's $15 million] for this fight?
Hopkins: Absolutely not. Oscar De La Hoya is unique. Even Ray Leonard didn't have the star power Oscar has. Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins is an event where actors and actresses will come out, and I give all credit to Oscar for that. I don't think I can get Jack Nicholson to come out and watch me fight.
SI: Roy Jones Jr. outpointed you in '93 for your last loss. Does that result still bother you?
Hopkins: It motivates me to stay in boxing as long as Roy Jones stays in boxing to force that [rematch]. Our excuses—both of ours—have been about money and weight class. But one day Roy Jones and I will fight at 175 pounds. And after I fight Roy, I'm done.
SI: You used to sew your daughter's photo in your trunks. Will you do that for the De La Hoya fight?