In politics, an adage says that we must never let our adversaries define us.

“Finished,” “worn,” and more recently “doped,” Jean-Pascal has heard all the remonstrances of his detractors over the years, but he never considered that they could apply to him.

For years, promoters have believed that the former light heavyweight champion has been at the end of his rope and that he will serve as cannon fodder for their protege.

And yet… Pascal continues to thwart everyone’s plans, defeating IBF title contender Fanlong Meng on Friday night in Plant City, Florida. Meng suffered his first career setback like Ahmed Elbiali, Marcus Browne, and others before him.

“The worst mistake I could have made was listening to what everyone was saying about me,” Pascal said in a phone interview with RDS.

I know what I’m worth. In sport or life in general, I have never let the opinion of others become my reality.

“That said, it’s kind of the story of my life. People have consistently underestimated me tremendously. I wasn’t the most smooth or the smartest at school, but I always worked hard.

One day, against all odds, I managed to represent my school at a Budding Geniuses competition. No one expected that. Everyone thought I was just good at sports…

Still, in comparison to his previous “returns,” the pugilist, now 39 years old, started from a little further. First, he hadn’t fought in nearly two and a half years – his most extended period of inactivity in his career.

And more importantly, he was returning from a massive slump in the individual chapter due to his positive doping test just weeks before his very lucrative rematch scheduled against Badou Jack on June 6, 2021.

Pascal believes that he overcame these obstacles for two main reasons: his love for the sport and a new coach, who led him to surpass himself.

“I believe that as human beings, we will always learn. The only time we stop learning is when we’re dead,” he explains. I have always been an avid student of boxing.

My goal has always been to learn and improve. But I always worked towards winning the gold medal. Not silver or bronze.

“[My trainer Orlando Cuellar] had worked with Glen Johnson and Antonio Tarver in the past and so was used to working with slightly older boxers. He has an excellent track record, and with my experience, we have managed to combine all our strengths.

The best of all time in Canada?

In the past, Pascal has often referred to boxing as “75 percent mental and 25 percent physical.” He says today that he has reviewed the proportion, which is 90-10.

To support his claims, the former holder of the WBC and WBA belts says that he showed up in the arena knowing that he had ascendancy over his Chinese opponent.

“I’ve always been adept against left-handers, but I knew that I had faced some of the best in my career,” Pascal said. For his part, Meng had never faced a boxer like me. I had no choice but to take him into unknown territory.

“I showed him that there are different levels in boxing. As the rounds progressed, I was more and more in control. The duel started rough, but I did not feel the slightest worry because I had already experienced all of this.

Been there, done that!

And now? It’s hard to predict what’s next since the proverbial options are almost all on the table.

A boxer like him will never have a hard time finding fights, but would he be able to compete with the best in the division?

“My goal is to finish my career well, on a positive note,” Pascal concluded. I leave that in the hands of my manager Greg Leon… if a boxer like Floyd [Mayweather Jr.] performed for so long, he wanted to be recognized as the best.

“That’s what I want too. I want to be considered the best of all time in Canada. The best. [Adrian] Diaconu, [Lucian] Bute… I’ve been one of the biggest posters.

Would a final championship fight eventually change the game? In any case, Pascal will have to resolve to leave it to others to measure the value of his legacy.



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