Philadelphia honors native champ Hopkins

Published Jun. 1, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

Bernard Hopkins was honored by Mayor Michael Nutter at the Rocky statue outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art for winning the WBC light heavyweight championship.

Hopkins became the oldest fighter to win a major world championship, taking the WBC light heavyweight title May 21 from Jean Pascal at the age of 46.

Hopkins is a Philadelphia native and called Wednesday's ceremony an event he won't forget. Hopkins still runs the famous ''Rocky'' steps and trains for fights in the city.

Nutter says Hopkins is a real-life example of what it means to be given a second chance.

Hopkins served five years in state prison. He says he wants to continue to make the city proud and has no immediate plans to retire.