Shopworn icon Roy Jones Jr. was asked during an interview today with dBoxing Source Radio show if he ever could have trumped WBC world welterweight champion “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather or WBO world welterweight king Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao.
The question was posed under the premise that the trio of prizefighters were all the same age, size and weight.
Jones (55-8, 40 KOs), who became the first former middleweight champ to capture a heavyweight crown in more than a century when he defeated Metheun’s John Ruiz by a unanimous decision in March 2003, predicted he would have overcome Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs).
“The young Roy Jones, Jr. would probably beat Floyd Mayweather, Jr., because basically Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and James Toney fight with the same style. My style is a little different than their style,” said Jones 43, voted the 1990s “Fighter of the Decade.”
Shockingly, considering Jones’ famed cockiness, the extraordinarily talented pugilist envisions struggling in the squared circle against Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs).
“But when you come back and start talking about Manny Pacquiao, he’s a whole different animal. He’s a southpaw who throws bombs,” Jones said. “You got to survive his power first, then you deal with him. That’s still yet to be seen. Of course with my size I’ll beat him, but if I was in his weight class, that would be a good fight to see.”
The 35-year-old Mayweather, an insatiable and obnoxious blowhard who rightfully earned the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) “Fighter of the Year” award in 2007, is an utter defensive wizard and one of the preeminent boxers in the annals of the sport.
Conversely, Pacquiao, 33, the first pugilist to win 10 world crowns in eight different weight classes, was named the “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the (BWAA).
“Pac-Man” has managed to dominate his foes with superior hand-speed, accuracy and punching power.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
Perron is confident that the indomitable “Pretty Boy” would manhandle “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines.”
“Floyd is the best there is today,” said Perron, 75, who helped work with Marvelous Marvin Hagler in the 1980s. “He can’t be touched. If and when they fight, put your money on Floyd.”
In all probability, Mayweather would emerge triumphant over Pacquiao because he is a sounder overall boxer with sharper skills.
Nevertheless, under zero circumstances whatsoever would either “Pretty Boy” or “Pac-Man” be physically capable of conquering Jones.
Junior’s record is badly distorted because he’s compiled a feeble mark of 6-7 as a graybeard, and been rendered unconscious in four of those losses, in his past 13 prizefights.
Ed LaVache is the owner of the Boston Boxing Club in Allston.
LaVache contends Jones continues to battle strictly for monetary reasons and has concerns the erstwhile great is jeopardizing his health.
“For a lot of these guys, boxing is all they know and it’s the only way for them to make money,” said LaVache. “So, they keep fighting until the fight is lost in them.”
In his heyday, “the young Roy Jones, Jr.” would have bludgeoned, and battered, both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather without exerting tremendous effort.by