By Miguel Rivera
According to former four division world champion Roy Jones Jr., today's fighters are not taking enough risks and doing too much talking.
Jones, who captured belts at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight, recalled when he took a huge risk by moving from the light heavyweight limit of 175-pounds to challenge John Ruiz for the WBA heavyweight belt in 2003. Jones won a twelve round unanimous decision.
"For example, Julio Cesar Chávez fought with everyone. We knew we could win or lose. It's about doing it for the fans. Today's superstars speak for the sake of speaking.," Jones told Erika Montoya.
Jones feels too many boxers are trying to emulate former five division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., who retired from the sport in September 2015. He earned a reported $300 million for his mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao in May 2015, and he walked away undefeated with a 49-0 record.
"He changed the way we looks at boxing and it's hard not to want to follow him because he made more money than anyone else. If someone tries do what Floyd did, it will not work. If we have a great athlete, we want to see him challenged... at least by facing the very best and not just any guy," Jones said.
"Boxing is the worst sport to lose at, because if you lose then they say that you are no longer good at doing this and that's not the case. In the UFC, guys lose and nothing happens... what they do is put them right back in a good fight. Floyd, he made a lot of money because he proved that he couldn't be figured out. He is one of the most intelligent fighters that came around the sport."