What were the top stories last week?
MMA Junkie is reporting that Bellator will announce a Rampage vs. Roy Jones Jr. boxing match for PPV later in 2013 on their live TV show Wednesday.
The fight is expected to take place at the end of the year, though a date and weight class for the bout could not immediately be confirmed. It’s also unclear how the event will be branded given Bellator and parent company Viacom’s focus on MMA.
There was talk recently by Dana White that Roy Jones Jr. was interested in facing Anderson Silva in a boxing match. Jones Jr. was even in attendance when Silva was knocked out by Chris Weidman.
It looks like Jones Jr. has moved on. Continue reading
Big D and I are back to talk about the passing of Kanyon, who passed away this weekend. D remembers a few tidbits about his career, including a WWE house show he was at that Kanyon showed up to unannounced.
We talk fallout of WrestleMania, including the retirement of Shawn Michaels and three other men who we probably won’t see on WWE TV again. We discuss the aftermath of UFC 111 and what you do with Frank Mir. We talk about the Super Six tournament and the debacle of a fight between Roy Jones and Bernard Hopkins.
We also preview UFC 112, which is this weekend. And lastly, Big D quickly talks about the ROH Big Bang PPV from the weekend as well. Lots of stuff, but we get through it with a quickness.
Check it out.
This is the second half of our big Boxing double header tonight at FGB, as Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones do battle once more seventeen years on from their first fight. This match up has been pretty much lambasted by most of the boxing world, but I’m a little less critical of it than most. Although Jones is way past his best, this isn’t the worst match up for him at this stage of his career. His chin is what has been predominantly letting him down in recent years, and Hopkins hasn’t knocked anyone out since De La Hoya in 2004. I expect Hopkins to win, but I don’t see it being the sound thrashing that most do. To be honest, I’m becoming somewhat intrigued as the fight draws closer.
You can’t really have boxing news without the latest on the proposed Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao super fight. We’ve heard that the fight is completely off and both are moving onto different opponents. Pacquiao is looking at fighting Joshua Clottey while Mayweather has a few guys who are all smaller than him that have been rumored.
I find it truly interesting now that mainstream media is kind of coming around to what this story is really about. It’s about a man saying no to increased drug testing. If a baseball player had refused something like this, he’d be public enemy number one. But because it was Pacquiao, he was given some leeway because he’s a “good guy”. Yes, Mayweather was slimy in his dealings, but we’re talking about someone who is trying to make something more fair. And he’s he bad guy.
Brian Kenny and Bill Simmons were on ESPN Radio and talked about Mark McGwire finally coming out and telling the truth about his steroid usage. Well, probably not the full truth. After that segment, they both started to talk about the fight and both were on Mayweather’s side though Simmons did think that Mayweather’s heart was never really into it. I think that in a few years, people are going to look back on this story and wonder why Pacquiao was the good guy and Mayweather the bad guy in this scenario, including those who have already voted in our poll on the site.