Last month Bernard Hopkins became the oldest man to win a boxing championship by defeating Canada’s Jean Pascal. He’s been making the celebratory rounds in the Philadelphia area ever since.
Earlier this month Hopkins made an appearance at the famous Rocky statue where he addressed the crowd on hand:
“The Rocky statue, the movies, it’s an inspiration [to] the blue-collar workers that come from this city no matter what color, no matter where you grew up at: Kensington, Chestnut Hill, Germantown, North Philly, West Philly, South Philly.”
“I did the same thing. I know the hand I dealt myself, or the hand that might’ve been dealt to me … I played jacks like they were aces and I made something out of nothing. When you don’t have lemon to make real lemonade, you imagine, when you’re drinking water, that it tastes like lemon.”
After speaking Mayor Michael Nutter gave Hopkins a replica Liberty Bell.
This week Hopkins was honored at the State House for his achievement. Senator Vincent Hughes invited him for the special occasion.
Both the House of Representatives and the Senate gave Hopkins a proclamation (pictured above) to commemorate his historic victory. He was then allowed to take a microphone and speak in front of the Senate. Rarely does Hopkins disappoint behind a mic and this time was no different.