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Roy Jones Jr. Destroyed in First Round by Danny Green

Maybe Roy Jones Jr. thought that if he fought in Australia nobody back in the U.S. would hear about how poorly he performed. Guess he was wrong. Jones Jr. got destroyed by Danny Green in Sydney on Wednesday, losing by TKO in the first round. A right hand to the head knocked him down about halfway through the round and he was rendered defenseless after receiving a 10 count. The only difference between this pathetic effort and Roy’s debacle against Joe Calzaghe is that this one didn’t last long enough for him to be thoroughly embarrassed. Anyway, here’s video of the Danny Green/Roy Jones Jr. fight:

Jones Jr.’s moves are the same, his stance remains the same, and his footwork is just the way it’s always been. The only difference — and it’s a huge one — is that Roy lacks the speed and movement that used to separate him from everyone else. Roy used to be a blur in the ring — someone who couldn’t get caught by a punch. Now, he’s just a sitting duck. We asked him to retire after his sorry performance a year ago against Calzaghe. I don’t even know what to say anymore. At 54-6, he’s just an embarrassment ruining his legacy. I hope he cancels his fight with Bionic Man Bernard Hopkins.

Floyd Mayweather Jr: I have Nothing to Gain by Fighting Manny Pacquiao

After seeing Manny Pacquiao dismantle Miguel Cotto on Saturday night, I said that a Pacquiao/Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight has to happen for the sake of boxing’s integrity. There’s only one fight left that makes sense for each fighter. One fight, and one fight only, and it’s between them. Unfortunately Pacquiao expressed no immediate interest in fighting Floyd, and Floyd has gone on record saying he doesn’t want to do business with Bob Arum (Manny’s promoter). Making matters worse is that Floyd told Sky News he feels like he has nothing to gain by fighting Pacquiao:

Floyd says that everyone wants to see him lose while Manny’s already lost three times therefore there’s no upside for him. While there’s no erasing Pacquiao’s three losses and Floyd’s undefeated record, there is a question as to who is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and who the top welterweight is. Right now Pacman is on top of his game and considered to be every bit as good as Floyd. Because of that reason, Mayweather stands plenty to gain by fighting (and beating) Manny. The term “undisputed” champion is often used in boxing. Right now there’s a dispute that can only be settled in the ring. Floyd should recognize that and make this fight happen to boost his legacy. After that, beating Sugar Shane Mosley would just be icing on the cake of an unblemished career.

Manny Pacquiao Has No Immediate Plans to Fight Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The Manny Pacquiao/Miguel Cotto fight was shaping up to be an epic battle up until the 4th round when Manny caught Miguel with a right hand that sent him to the canvas for the second time in the fight. From that point on, it was pure dominance for the speedy, powerful Filipino. It got so bad that Cotto’s family had to leave the arena after the 9th round to avoid seeing Miguel get punished. The point is that Pacquiao proved he can step up in weight and not lose his quickness or power, making him one of the toughest fighters at 147. The other undisputed star at 147, and top pound for pound fighter in the world, is Floyd Mayweather Jr. Since the two are now in the same weight class, there’s no doubt they should fight to satisfy once and for all who is the best fighter in the world. But as you can tell Pacquiao is in no hurry to schedule a fight with Floyd where the negotiations would feature several roadblocks. Just listen to the Manny Pacquiao/Miguel Cotto post fight interview and skip ahead to the 1:05 mark to hear if Pacquiao has Floyd in his plans:

By the way, would somebody please tell A.C. Slater to take his finger out of his ear. And would somebody tell Slater that English isn’t Pacman’s primary language so it’s probably not a good idea to ask him 30 second questions with lots of big words. The guy just went 12 rounds with Miguel Cotto … give him a break, A.C.!

Juan Manuel Marquez Drinks His Own Piss While Training for Fights

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A prop on the set or really his piss? You make the call. I guess we can never doubt Juan Manuel Marquez’s desire to win if he’s drinking his own piss to get proper nourishment before a fight. I guess it’s also one of those adages — how much would it take for you to drink your own urine? In Marquez’s case, he’s getting paid probably 7-figures for the fight. I might plug up my nose and hunker down for that amount. You?

Thanks to Deadspin for that story.

Ricardo Mayorga Signs with Shine Fights, Will Try Out MMA

When you’re 35-years-old, 29-7-1, and unable to get a fight, where do you turn? If you’re Ricardo Mayorga, you decide MMA is the best option for you. MMA Junkie says the news was announced during Shine Fights pay-per-view event on Friday night. They also added this tidbit that helps explain why he’s making the move:

Mayorga recently sued Don King for his inability to find him a fight and for alleged violations of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act. In the interim, it appears he’ll begin preparations for a late-career run in MMA.

We’ve increasingly seen more boxers discuss the option of exploring the MMA frontier, Roy Jones Jr. being the most notable. Ever since recording back-to-back wins against Vernon Forrest in ’03, Mayorga’s gone 3-4 including an embarrassing loss to Oscar De La Hoya. Given El Matador’s style, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him be part of one of those 7-second knockouts. Because he doesn’t hold anything back, you figure something crazy will transpire.

Roy Jones Jr. Calls Oscar De La Hoya a ‘Quit’ from Pacquiao Fight

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Let’s see, Roy Jones Jr. is hanging on way past his prime, presumably to make money like most other boxers do. He got his head handed to him by Joe Calzaghe last November but still came back for two more fights since, winning both. Oscar De La Hoya recently wrote that he felt Jones Jr. continues to fight because of ego, not money; he says Roy wants to prove he’s still a top fighter. De La Hoya said Roy should retire because he’s done. Roy obviously didn’t take to that opinion very well and has now spoken:

“Yeah, well, I ain’t quit like he did, did I? I don’t even think he’s got enough respect to talk to me. I never gave up. He gave up to a smaller man. I don’t owe no explanation for that. I don’t even think he earned the right tot talk to me. I ain’t never quite. Got cut and still went on against what they called pound-for-pound one of the best fighters out there and never thought about quitting. I feel like I owe that to the fans. I feel like if they paid to see me fight, they should get a whole fight whether I’m getting my behind whooped or I’m whooping behind, they deserve a whole fight. I ain’t never quit in the ring so don’t tell me what I need to do.”

No doubt Jones Jr. is oozing with confidence from his win over Jeff Lacy two weeks ago. He was bragging about his handspeed from that fight during the interview and suggested he wants to fight Anderson Silva from MMA. The interview also confirmed De La Hoya’s feelings — that Roy still feels he’s a top fighter. But Jones Jr. is definitely correct about Oscar quitting. Both guys are right and it would have been nice if we didn’t have to experience either process as fans.

Paulie Malignaggi: Ringside Judge from Texas F***ed Me in Juan Diaz Fight

paulie-malignaggiLet me first say that I did not get to watch Paul Malignaggi’s fight with Juan Diaz over the weekend. If I had, I would have seen what was apparently a pretty close fight. Well, a pretty close fight in the eyes of everyone except Gale Van Hoy, one of the judges sitting ringside. Hoy had the fight 118-110 in favor of Diaz, while the other two judges had the Malignaggi losing the fight by much closer margins of 115-113 and 116-112. Hoy had it 10 rounds to 2 and Paulie, as relayed by Deadspin, has an idea why:

“I’ve been watching boxing a long time and you don’t see too many good decisions in Texas with out of towners against Texas fighters. I don’t know who to blame. I put my two cents in before. I didn’t want Gale Van Hoy and I didn’t want Raul Caiz.

118-110 was Gale Van Hoy d*cking it to me. He bent me over and he f*cked me. I said before the fight that this guy never goes against a Texas fighter in the state of Texas. I complained about him and he did it to me on purpose. There is no way that anybody won that fight 118-110. I didn’t beat Juan 118-110 and Juan didn’t beat me 118-110. Gale Van Hoy filled out his score card and said ‘let me f**k Paulie Malignaggi because he talked s**t.”

Malignaggi went on to say that this is why boxing has no popularity left. It’s actually a similar reason why I got turned off of boxing about three years ago. I went to a small-level card in central California (Arreola and Paul Williams were on it) and watched every decision go in favor of the fighters for the guys promoting the card. It’s hard to watch something where judges are paid off or holding personally biases. We see it all the time. I’m guessing Paulie was on the mark. The only difference is it would have been a unanimous decision regardless and he would have been on the losing end no matter what.