Mayweather reacts to Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr fight announcement
By Allan Fox: Floyd Mayweather Jr put in his two-cents on social media on the match between the quinquagenarians Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr on September 12 on pay-per-view.
True to form, Mayweather immediately patted himself on the back for starters by saying that he’s the “pioneer” of exhibition fights. Mayweather seems to forget Jack Dempsey and his many exhibition matches after he retired from boxing.
The 54-year-old Tyson and 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr are returning to the ring to fight in an eight-round exhibition match on September 12 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. They’ll be wearing large gloves [12-ounce] and gear. Get this thing: there won’t be judges, and if either of them shows any signs of being hurt, the fight will be halted on the spot.
You can imagine the uproar that’ll result from the paying boxing fans at home, who are paying their hard-earned money to purchase the Tyson-Jones fight on PPV. With many of the fans unemployed, it would be a bad idea for the referee to stop the match. It might hurt the sport badly in terms of pay-per-view if it’s terminated prematurely.
Mayweather sitting on the fence
“I think that we seem to forget about who’s the pioneer about making exhibition bouts huge,” said Mayweather in deviating slightly from the question that was asked of him by rapper Fat Joe on the Tyson vs. Jones Jr fight.
“So Joe, a lot of times we forget about certain things. I mean, I think it’s [Tyson-Jones] going to be very interesting, you know? I’m not here to say Tyson’s going to win, I’m not here to say Roy’s going to win.
And I’m pretty sure it’s going to be entertaining. I’m pretty sure I’m going to watch it, absolutely. I don’t think I can go because I don’t think there’s going to be an audience at that particular time, but may the best man win,” said Mayweather in sounding bored.
It’s too bad Mayweather didn’t go out on a limb by making a prediction on Mke Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr, but this was a predictable response from him. The only thing that was missing was Mayweather throwing in the old “he’s a tough competitor” line that he always uses when talking about fighters.
For the boxing fans that might not now, former IBF/WBA/WBC heavyweight champion Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs) will be fighting for the first time since his loss to Kevin McBride in 2005. Although Tyson’s face and gray hair make him look all of 54, his physical skills are that of a much younger fighter in their 20s, and he looks dangerous in his workout clips.
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