Lucian Bute-Jean Pascal superfight: Part One of a trilogy?

Lucian Bute trains for an upcoming boxing match against Jean Pascal in Montréal, Feb. 19, 2013....

Lucian Bute trains for an upcoming boxing match against Jean Pascal in Montréal, Feb. 19, 2013. (JOCELYN MALETTE/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

MONTREAL - The biggest Canadian boxing match in years was officially introduced Tuesday with a big American broadcaster, massive posses and a surprise legend in one man's corner.

Former world champions Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute will square off on May 25 at Montreal's Bell Centre in a fight that will be carried by HBO.

The two Montrealers showed mutual respect as they took a Bell Centre stage flanked by promoters, supporters and trainers.

There were none of the barbs that Canada's top two fighters have lobbed at each other in recent years as pressure mounted to make the Canadian superfight a reality.

Pascal (27-2-1 with 16 knockouts) is a former light-heavyweight champion who appeared on stage with Florida-born pugilist Roy Jones Jr., one of the top fighters of the modern era.

Jones's expertise in training sessions will help Pascal contend with Bute's busy southpaw attack.

Pascal had previously accused Bute (31-1-0, 24 KOs) of dodging him for bigger paydays.

The Haitian-born fighter refused to repeat his accusations now that the ink has dried on a deal that will reportedly pay each man $2 million.

"I'm just happy that the fight's happening," Pascal told reporters. "I want to congratulate Lucian for having responded to the demands of (fans)."

Pascal says the former super-middleweight champion will be "the greatest opponent of my career" -- high praise given that Pascal has twice faced the great Bernard Hopkins.

Bute, for his part, predicted a "spectacular fight" as he continues to scale back to the top of the sport after a devastating loss to Brit Karl Froch last year.

"On May 25, I am ready to go to war," said the Romanian-born Bute. "It will be a memorable, historic fight."

Bute-Pascal has been dubbed "the First Historic Chapter," suggesting it could be the part of a three-fight series.

But the winner would also be in contention for bigger paydays against the likes of Froch and even Andre Ward, an American who's the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.


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