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Floyd Mayweather vs Roy Jones Jr for $100 on PPV?

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Roy Jones Jr vs Bobby Gunn is a done deal for December 4. The City of Brotherly Love, the fight capital of the world, will host the return of boxing royalty.

Roy Jones' opponent will be the formidable Bobby Gunn (21-5-1, 18 KO) and Jones vs Gunn will be scheduled for 12 rounds in the cruiserweight division.

The fight, which will be broadcast via online pay-per-view, will take place at Philadelphia's National Guard Armory and the combatants will duel for something called the WBU Cruiserweight title.

The legendary Jones, who will turn 45 in January, has won only 7 of his last 14 bouts but seemingly has no intention of hangin' 'em up anytime soon.

After facing Gunn in December, Jones plans to fight MMA legend Anderson Silva (in a boxing match) and insists rematches with Antonio Tarver and Bernard Hopkins could also be in play.

Moreover, Jones even discussed a possible showdown with top pound-for-pound sensation Floyd Mayweather, insisting the PPV fee should or could be as high as $100.


"[A fight with Mike Tyson], when I was heavyweight champ of the world, would have been the first fight where they could have charged $100 dollars on pay-per-view."

"And the other one that you could charge that kind of money for - is Roy Jones against Floyd Mayweather, because Roy Jones Jr. knows how to whoop that particular style that he fights."

"Roy Jones Jr. is a OG at this game. Roy Jones Jr. did something that nobody has ever done - he turned pro as a junior middleweight and became heavyweight the champ of the world. I couldn't get no lower than 170 for [Mayweather]."

"If he says no to 170, then I don't want to talk about it no more," Jones said.

Mayweather vs Jones has no chance of coming to fruition at any weight. Not only is Jones naturally too big, his stock has been spiraling downward since 2004.

Floyd would have far more to lose than gain in fighting Jones and would be publicly chastised for accepting such a fight. But Roy Jones is boxing royalty. Couple Roy's stature with Mayweather's popularity and Mayweather vs Jones probably wouldn't be a total PPV flop. Nevertheless, it's doubtful such a fight would be a PPV blockbuster. 

As for the notion of a $100 fee, it's not worth addressing.

If Roy Jones  (56-8, 40 KO) wants to be a force again in boxing, he must set his sights on the real powerbrokers in the cruiserweight division: Yoan Pablo Hernandez (27-1, 13 KO), the RING/Lineal champion, WBO belt holder Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KO) or WBC Champ Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (48-2-1, 34 KO).

A win over former light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly, who recently announced he'll be fighting soon as a cruiserweight, would certainly be a step in the right direction for the legend, if Jones wants to be taken seriously.

Roy Jones and James Toney are not the same fighters they were 20 years ago. Some woud even argue they've diminished quite a bit in the last 5 years. 

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Former foe James Toney (75-8-3, 45 KO), 45, has been dishing out a lot of smack lately on Roy Jones so perhaps we'll see Jones vs Toney 2? They share a genuine disdain for one another and are on similar paths. Of course, prior to their November 1994 superfight they were also bitter enemies and on the same path, albeit a very different one than today.

Jones dominated the boxing scene from 1993 to 2004 and was an exceptional, multi-talented fighter with incredible speed and explosiveness, and elite technical skills.

The consensus Fighter of the 1990s, Jones has won world titles at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight and was undoubtedly one of the greatest fighters ever.

Jones-Gunn ticket prices range from $50 to $150. Call 610-933-7510 for details. The venue is the National Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19154.


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