Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Mike Jones Talks Pacquiao, Lujan, Berto, Donaire, More

By Chris Robinson

Welterweight contender Mike Jones was an interested spectator this weekend at the WaMu Theater in New York’s Madison Square Garden as Nonito Donaire defended his WBC and WBO bantamweight titles against a reluctant Omar Narvaez. The Donaire-Narvaez clash produced little in terms of excitement but it was necessary for Donaire to shake off the rust, get the win, and move forward towards a possibly huge 2012 campaign.

Jones knows Donaire pretty well, having shared a card with him this past February at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas as Nonito starched brave Fernando Montiel in the main event while Jones won a clear decision in his rematch with Jesus Soto Karass on the undercard. So it was of no surprise that Jones refused to look down at the action that took place this weekend, instead relating to exactly what Donaire was struggling with.

“Donaire, he looked pretty sharp,” said Jones, a Philadelphia native. “The guy he was fighting, it’s kind of hard to fight guys like that who wasn’t really worried about his offense. It’s hard to hit a guy when they don’t open up. It’s really frustrating but at some point in the fight you just have to realize what it is and just keep winning the rounds. You have to take it how it is.”

In about six weeks’ time, Jones will find himself in with a similarly awkward test as he meets up Argentina’s Sebastian Lujan on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito rematch, also at the Garden.

Lujan is no pushover and again showed his worth on July 1st when he outmuscled and outlasted capable contender Mark Melligen on his way towards a 9th round TKO. There is nothing striking about Lujan, who has stout beard and presses forward behind a 5’6” stance while throwing looping shots that often seem to find their mark.

Jones has been linked to some big names over the past year and while some in his position would have been caught looking past a guy like Lujan, he isn’t making that same mistake.

“It’s definitely my toughest fight,” Jones answered. “I think he’s a pretty good fighter. Probably one of the best in the world, he’s ranked in the top ten. He’s a wild guy, a tough guy. I think sometimes they are the toughest guys to fight, guys who are throwing unorthodox punches from all kinds of angles and never getting tired.

Jones was present at a pre-fight presser inside of the Garden before the Donaire-Narvaez clash in which Top Rank promoter Bob Arum mentioned that the undefeated fighter could be in line for a crack at IBF champion Andre Berto if successful against Lujan on December 3rd. Berto rebounded from a harrowing defeat to Victor Ortiz in April by defeating Germany’s Jan Zaveck by way of a 5th round stoppage after bruising up his right eye severely, to the point where the 35-year old couldn’t see, in a rough fight.

Jones took in the fight and gave Berto his props.

“I thought Berto looked pretty good. I didn’t see too much of Zaveck but he came to fight. [Berto] looked fast, strong, sharp; he looked pretty good against Zaveck,” said Jones.

But I had to ask Jones if he might be even more interested in a fight with WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, whom he has heard his name juggled around with in recent times. His answer wasn’t surprising.

“Which one would I want? I definitely would want to fight Pacquiao,” Jones coined. “Because I want to fight the best and I would want to fight him.”

Pacquiao has a November 12th assignment against Juan Manuel Marquez coming up and after producing two intense battles, Jones sees the third go-round between the two being another good one.

“Styles make fights. Marquez’s style always presents problems for Pacquiao; they make exciting fights when they fight each other.”

Reader's note: Visit the following slideshow for the latest images from the boxing world:  A ringside view of Donaire vs. Narvaez / Images from the first 24/7 Pacquiao-Marquez episode
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by riffbox on 10-25-2011

Yo jokers forgot how Zahir Raheem did Erik Morales back in the day. That was beautiful.

Comment by onechance87 on 10-25-2011

[QUOTE=Alpha & Omega;11331196]Never happen, Pac and his camp are scared of black american fighters. The lone exception being old, shot Shane. How the hell has someone fought about 60 fights and fought one black american fighter lol? And that one…

Comment by Nonitard on 10-25-2011

Manny scared of black fighters, lol funniest thing i ever heard there is no black fighter out there that any man of any other race is afraid of currently. stop living in the past

Comment by ManOnTheMoon on 10-25-2011

[QUOTE=Alpha & Omega;11331196]Never happen, Pac and his camp are scared of black american fighters. The lone exception being old, shot Shane. How the hell has someone fought about 60 fights and fought one black american fighter lol? And that one…

Comment by Elotero on 10-25-2011

[QUOTE=Eaner0919;11331270]fyi Lujan is in camp with Margarito[/QUOTE] Hope he's wearing earmuffs. I wonder if Margarito ****s with him about severing his ear? Whats that Lujan? I cant hear you.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (10)
Top Headlines Jordan Thompson Inks Frank Warren Deal Marco Huck vs. Mairis Briedis Finalized For April 1 Showdown Groves' Trainer Talks DeGale vs. Jack, Status of Chudinov Fight CBS to Air Garcia-Thurman; Announcement at Press Conference Patrick Nielsen, Dina Thorslund Ready For Nordic Fight Night Bouts Michael Conlan vs. Tim Ibarra Ticket Information Billy Joe Saunders Links Up With Adam Booth After Tibbs Split Manny Pacquiao's Career Could Extend Beyond 2017, Says Arum Jarrell Miller: Deontay Wilder is a Fraud; Highly Doubt He Fights Me Broner: Fighting Spence Would Be "Foolish" for Crawford's Career Daily Bread Mailbag: Golovkin-Jacobs, Canelo-Chavez, More Lawrence Okolie Inks Promotional Pact With Eddie Hearn Jamie Cox: I Would Beat Eubank Jr. and Quinlan in The Same Night! Farrell Hungry To Produce Champions, Excited for McCrory Link Up Chisora To Whyte: Forget Wilder, You Need To Face Me Again J. Mayweather No Longer Convinced That Golovkin Beats Canelo Veteran Judge: Horn Has No Real Talent, Pacquiao By KO in 3 To 4 Marco Huck vs. Mairis Briedis, WBC Title, in Play For April 1 Adam Lopez: I Have Everything it Takes To Get My Shot Marquez: Chavez Jr. Must First Defeat The Weight, Then Canelo Arum Provides Update on Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn Event Photos: Michael Conlan Hits New York City For MSG Presser Golovkin vs. Jacobs: Ryan Martin Eyed For The Undercard Nate Diaz Expected To Receive Boxing License, Heading To TMT? Loeffler: Insurance is a Non-Issue For Golovkin vs. Jacobs Miller on Luis Ortiz: I'll Beat Brakes Off That Old Motherf***er! Photos: Carl Frampton Putting in Work For Leo Santa Cruz Rematch Gervonta Davis: Pedraza Needs to Stop Making Excuses for Loss Espinoza Will Discuss Garcia-Thurman Winner With Mayweather Chocolatito, Sor Rungvisai Will Look To Steal The Show at MSG Parker's Promoter: Talks With Haymon For Wilder Bout Went Well Robbie Davies Jr: I Want To Get Past Szabo, Step Up To Next Level Michael Conlan Has Debut Opponent Confirmed For March 17 Boy Jones Jr-Craig Poxton, Southern Area 130lb Belt on Feb. 24 Rigondeaux's Trainer Wants Lomachenko Fight at Catch-Weight Lipinets Awaiting Mandatory Shot at Burns vs. Indongo Winner Lara Willing to Face Jermell Charlo Next in Unification Fight Stevenson: Andre Ward Wants To Milk His Titles Before Facing Me Sam Eggington Embraces Idea of Facing Paulie Malignaggi in NY Julius Indongo, Ricky Burns Expect Fireworks in Glasgow
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement