By Rich Cheney: Former world champion Roy Jones Jr. doesn’t agree with Golden Boy Promotions boss Oscar De La Hoya that the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor fight is bad for boxing. On the contrary, Jones Jr. thinks it’s a fight that is good for boxing, because the boxer, in this case, Mayweather, should win the fight. The only instance where Mayweather-McGregor would be bad for boxing is if McGregor lands a lucky punch and knocks Mayweather out. Other than that, it’s good for boxing.
The 48-year-old Roy Jones Jr. is probably not the guy to be asking about whether Mayweather-McGregor is bad for boxing, as he’s interested in fighting former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a boxing match. Jones Jr. says he needs permission from UFC president Dana White for him to fight Silva. Due to Jones Jr. being interested in fighting an MMA guy himself, it suggests that he’s not the right person to be asking about whether Mayweather vs. McGregor fight is good or bad for the sport of boxing.
“You got to understand where De La Hoya is coming from,” said Roy Jones Jr. to TMZ.com in talking about De La Hoya’s comments about the Mayweather-McGregor fight being bad for boxing. “I understand both sides. It’s not bad for boxing, because the boxer should win,” said Jones Jr. in suggesting that Mayweather will be the one that wins the McGregor fight. “It’s only bad for boxing if the MMA guy gets lucky and beats the boxer. That’s only thing that’s bad for boxing. Otherwise, it can’t be bad for boxing. Boxing has the advantage. Their guy is good at MMA, not at boxing. It’s an event that everyone wants to see. “
The only ones that comes out ahead in the Mayweather-McGregor fight is Mayweather, McGregor and the UFC. They all win. Boxing loses. McGregor becomes a star even in getting beaten, and in turned a lot of boxing fans will be siphoned off to become fans of the UFC. Mayweather goes into retirement, so any fans that he would gain are lost, because they won’t have him to follow. That’s the sad reality of the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight.
Everyone wins but boxing. That’s too bad. But there’s nothing that can be done to stop the fight. These kinds of circus fights will happen regardless of whether one state commission rejects the fight or not. If the Nevada State Athletic Commission turned down the fight between Mayweather and McGregor, then you can bet they’d take the fight to California or New York, and one of those states would let the mismatch take place.
Of course, Mayweather vs. McGregor is bad for boxing, because it’s going to be a likely mismatch with Mayweather destroying McGregor. In the aftermath of the fight, the fans that paid their hard-earned money on paying to see the Mayweather-McGregor fight are going to be very angry about having spent their hard-earned money on a fight that isn’t competitive. You have to understand that there are a lot of naive boxing and MMA fans, who don’t have much understanding about either sport. They just hear names of fighters and want to see them fight. They don’t realize that McGregor doesn’t have the talent to beat Mayweather in a boxing ring. They actually think McGregor will be able to perform at a high level in boxing just like he does at MMA.
The fans also don’t realize that Mayweather is choosing the McGregor fight just for the payday. Mayweather doesn’t want to take any risks of fighting an actual boxer like Keith Thurman, Errol Spence Jr., Saul Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin, because that would be hard work for him. It’s possible that Mayweather could beat all 3 of them, but it would be hard work for him. With the 2 years that Mayweather has been out of the ring, he would be rusty and he would get hit a lot by those fighters.
Mayweather couldn’t count on having an easy fight like he did in his last 3 fights against Manny Pacquiao, Andre Berto or Marcos Maidana. Those fighters were made to order for him, and not talented enough or healthy enough in the case of Pacquiao to give him problems. Spence, Thurman and Golovkin would give Mayweather a lot of trouble at this point. Mayweather might beat those guys, but he’d take punishment – a lot of punishment. But with a fight against McGregor, it’s easy money.
Mayweather won’t be sticking around boxing to continue fighting after the McGregor match, so he won’t have to deal with the consequences of the fans being angry at his rip-off fight against McGegor. Mayweather would likely see his PPV numbers dip to an all-time low if he were to continue fighting, but that’s not what he’s going to do. Mayweather will go back into retirement and be happy with the money he made in the McGregor fight.
The guys that will have to deal with the consequences of the Mayweather-McGregor fight are the boxers and their promoters. If boxing public decides they don’t want to pay to see fights any longer after the Mayweather-McGregor circus fight, then the sport will be hurt badly by that fight. That’s what Oscar De La Hoya is concerned with.
“He’s still saying he wants it, but Dana White has to give him the permission to do it,” said Jones Jr. about a fight against 42-year-old Anderson Silva “We can still fight. We don’t have to fight on an undercard. We can do our own thing,” said Jones Jr.
At this point, I think it’s too late in the game for Jones Jr. vs. Silva to be worthwhile putting together. The Jones-Silva fight made sense if it took place 5 years ago in 2012, when Silva was still the UFC middleweight champion. But since then, Silva has lost 4 out of his last 6 fights in the UFC.
Honestly, who would want to pay to see the 48-year-old Roy Jones Jr. fight the 42-year-old Anderson Silva at this stage of their careers? I don’t see there being a real demand for this fight.
Here are the guys that have beaten Silva since 2013:
– Chris Weidman x 2
– Michael Bisping
– Daniel Cormier
Silva did win his last fight against Derek Brunson in beating him by a 3 round unanimous decision at UFC 208 on February 11 this year, but we’re talking about a guy that isn’t a champion in the UFC. That win wasn’t a big enough one for Silva to get back to the top of the UFC.
Jones Jr. hasn’t fought a world class opponent since his 10th round knockout loss to Denis Lebedev on May 21, 2011. That was 6 years ago. Since then, Jones has been mostly fighting marginal opposition of little talent. 2 years ago, Jones Jr. was knocked out in the 4th round by former World Boxing Organization cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli on December 12, 2015 in a fight in Moscow. Russia, Jones Jr., who now holds a dual citizenship in the U.S as well as Russia, was knocked unconscious by Maccarinelli in that fight. It was supposed to be a fight for Jones Jr. to impress the Russian fans, but it turned out to be a bad one for him. Jones Jr, has won his last 3 fights since that time in beating Vyron Phillips, Rodney Moore and Bobby Gunn.