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Roy Jones Jr. Fighting on MMA and Boxing March Badness Card, Will it Work?

My buddy HG at You Been Blinded came up with this idea a while ago and I thought it was genius: why not satisfy both crowds of fight fans with a joint MMA and boxing card? Figuring out how to work a steel cage or octagon and boxing ring in the same venue is kind of tricky, but I think it would go over well if you could swing it. Well apparently Roy Jones Jr. thought outside the box and came up with a good way to pitch his upcoming fight:

The boxing-MMA card — called “March Badness” — takes place Saturday, March, 21. Jones Jr. will fight his “homecoming” light heavyweight bout against the always tough Omar Sheika. Headlining the MMA portion of the card will be Seth Petruzelli, the man responsible for knocking out Kimbo Slice. He takes on Doug Marshall. According to a press release, three-time NCAA wrestling champion and Wrestlemania star Bob Lashley will fight in an MMA bout.

The star power for this fight is somewhat light but the idea behind it is great. I’m really intrigued to see how this works. And good to see that the beating Roy took from Calzaghe hasn’t cost him his creative brain cells — he needs them to try and get people to buy one of his fights now that he’s over the hill.

Jose Canseco and Danny Bonaduce Fight Ruled a Draw

I know there were probably two fights higher on your agenda Saturday night — Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski, and Shane Mosley vs. Antonio Margarito. Yes, those were pretty significant battles in the sports world. But I’d like to concentrate on the idiot matchup from Saturday. Two has-beens in Jose Canseco and Danny Bonaduce battled it out in what was no doubt a money grab. The last time Jose tried to take his skills to the ring he got pounded by Vai Sikahema. This time it appears as if Canseco had more success. I haven’t locked down any video of the fight (actually, here’s some video), but this site is saying the fight was a draw and they even provided pictures too! My favorite is probably Bonaduce skipping rope with a cigarette in his mouth. Classy huh?

I think it was Vince Papale about whom the movie Invincible was based that held up Canseco’s arms in one of those shots. And what’s up with Canseco wearing the tat suit? That guy is such a clown. I’m guessing there was no video of the fight because nobody was dumb enough to order it. I hope that was the case.

Bob Arum: Manny Pacquiao Will Fight Ricky Hatton or Mayweather May 2nd in Las Vegas

I was just cruising along, minding my business watching a news piece on Manny Pacquiao’s 30th birthday party that would put any T.O. party to shame, when believe it or not, Bob Arum actually dropped some key information. Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, confirmed what’s been suspected — he’s within 10 days of finalizing a Manny Pacquiao fight with either Ricky Hatton or Floyd Mayweather Jr. The fight will take place on May 2nd in Las Vegas. Around the 2:45 mark Arum says a fight is brewing, and Freddie Roach says Pacman will knock ‘em both out. You can also catch a glimpse of Pacman singing if you stick it out for the whole vid.

Even though the vid is in a different language, you can still get a strong sense of how popular and powerful Pacquiao is there. It was the dude’s 30th birthday party and it rivaled the celebration at the Democratic National Convention. Oh, and after watching Manny dismantle De La Hoya, I’m pretty confident he’ll take Hatton, too.

I Guess That Golota Fight Wasn’t Fixed

A few weeks ago I showed a video of Andrew Golota’s fight in China against Ray Austin. I railed on Golota pretty hard for getting knocked down in two seconds and for quitting after a round, claiming he had a biceps injury. It was a natural reaction considering Golota’s history and the fact that the fight was promoted by Don King. But thanks (sorta) to With Leather and SecondsOut, I have come to see that Andrew Golota’s injury was indeed genuine, and for that, I apologize.

I know you’re thinking to yourself right now that it’s awfully big of me to apologize and admit I was wrong. Sure, I have to admit when I screw up, especially when I see such visual evidence. Truth is there was no way I could go without posting those photos after seeing them. Gross ass stuff.

Joe Calzaghe Beat Roy Jones Jr. at His Own Game, Hopefully into Retirement

This was without a doubt one of the most painful fights I’ve ever endured. It wasn’t the most punishment I’ve ever seen a fighter take, and it wasn’t painful in the sense that one of the fighters wasn’t putting forth effort or reaching his potential. It was painful in the sense that Roy Jones Jr. got thoroughly beaten, and in a manner and style that was uniquely his when he was in his prime. When Roy Jones Jr. fought from about ’90-’03, he had the ability to make his opponent look foolish. He could administer punishment for 36 minutes and not even break a sweat. He could escape fights looking unharmed. Roy personified the sweet science of the sport; to him it was about inflicting as much pain while receiving the least. He could toy with his opponents because he was so much smoother, quicker, and better. He could stick his chin out there and just dare the man across the ring to hit him. And when he wanted to land a big punch or a combination, he could. But that was Roy Jones Jr. in his prime, at his best. That was a Roy much different from the one we were forced to watch on Saturday night.

Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, there was a complete and utter role reversal that took place. Roy Jones Jr. went from being the dominant athlete — the one who called the shots in the ring and embarrassed his opponent — to the guy who was getting pummeled. It was truly sad to see. Joe Calzaghe whipped him and he whipped him good. He could stick his chin out two inches away from Roy’s gloves and leave himself unguarded and nothing would happen. Roy was so lost he didn’t even notice he had wide open shots. Calzaghe dominated the footwork, pinning Jones in the corner at will, unleashing combination after combination. He was so much faster and so much quicker than Roy that Jones Jr. became the chump. Calzaghe completely turned the tables on Roy and has nothing to apologize for. Every tactic and all the showboating Jones Jr. did when he was on top of his game came crashing down in 36 of the saddest minutes I’ve ever seen in the ring. That was the first time I’d seen Jones Jr. cut so badly and bleeding all over the place. That was the first time I’d ever seen him so thoroughly embarrassed. I can’t ever remember seeing a one-time legend looking that foolish at his own game, a style that he practically invented.

Roy, for my memories’ sake, please retire. I can’t bear to see that happen again. That fight was truly, truly sad. And there wasn’t even a question; after the first round knock down, Calzaghe won and dominated every succeeding round. No doubt about it. You looked old and it’s time to call it quits — hopefully you’ll realize that.

Video: Ray Austin Knocks Andrew Golota Down in 2 Seconds

Andrew Golota is one of the more notorious fighters in heavyweight history. He ran into all sorts of problems with Riddick Bowe, being unable to keep his punches above the belt resulting in two disqualifications. An in-ring post-fight riot ensued following the first encounter. Golota was also floored in one round by Lennox Lewis, and refused to continue fighting Mike Tyson after two rounds. And after being knocked down by Michael Grant in ’99, Golota told the ref he didn’t want to continue. OK, so there’s your lengthy background. Now watch this fight with Ray Austin that took place in China this weekend. Please excuse the (Polish?) commentary.

That guy is just such a mental case. Seriously, who quits after a round claiming they have a bicep injury? What is this guy’s deal? He gets hit a few times and packs it in? Sure seems to be his m.o. and it’s really quite pathetic. Andrew Golota, you live in infamy. If it weren’t for his track record, I’d say the fix was in. Hang on a second … maybe this guy really does know what he’s doing.

Kelly Pavlik Comes Off as Poor Sport, Drops S-Bomb in Interview

I already expressed how surprised I was to see Bernard Hopkins administer such a butt whopping on Kelly Pavlik. Hopkins seems to be using his strong performance as a spring board for more fights in the future. And from the sounds of things according to Pavlik, weight seemed to be his biggest issue, though he doesn’t directly admit it. Check out this post-fight interview where Pavlik comes off as a poor sport. Ear muff it too in the beginning if you want to avoid the profanity.

Just saying “it wasn’t him” and that he wasn’t tired is hard to believe for anyone who watched the fight. It’s not that he’s that good? He lost to Jermain Taylor twice? OK, so where were you then? Boxing doesn’t exactly seem to me like pitching where sometimes you have your stuff and sometimes you don’t. Either you can beat someone or you don’t — simple as that.