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Bernard Hopkins

”He gets in your head, he runs with you, he trains with you — he pushes you,” Hopkins, 41, said Sunday from Atlantic City, where a day earlier he stunned many by upsetting light-heavyweight champ Antonio Tarver via unanimous decision. “A lot of fighters don’t know the benefits of his (regimen) because we are told that the traditional way is the only way — anything else is taboo. Can you imagine how dangerous I would have been had I had Mackie five years ago?”

Light-Heavyweight Champion Bernard Hopkins, after training with Mackie for his stunning victory in his farewell bout against a younger—and larger—Antonio Tarver