Chance to face Tyson ‘too incredible’ to resist, says Jones

American-Russian boxer Roy Jones Jr. (2nd L) listens to the Russian anthem before his bout against British boxer Enzo Maccarinelli in Moscow on December 12, 2015. (Photo by VASILY MAXIMOV / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines—Roy Jones Jr. happily walked away from the sport of boxing in 2018 but the draw of fighting Mike Tyson ultimately pulled him back to the Sweet Science.

A couple of years on, the 51-year-old Jones will have his dream match against the man who was once called “The Baddest Man on the Planet” in an eight-round exhibition bout with proceeds going to charity.

“Too hard to resist, too incredible to resist, too much of a blessing to resist,” said Jones in a report from MMA Junkie.

Both Jones and Tyson defined 1990s boxing with the former ruling the super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions and the latter taking the helm at heavyweight.

After multiple title reigns at the 168 and 175-pound divisions, Jones ultimately jumped to heavyweight in 2003 when he defeated John Ruiz for the WBO championship but that match was his lone title fight in the weight class before he returned to light heavyweight and then transitioned to cruiserweight to end his illustrious career.

Jones’ brief spell at heavyweight meant that the chance to fight Tyson during their active days was essentially zilch, so when the proposition of an exhibition against Iron Mike came his way he knew that he had to accept it right away.

“When I won the heavyweight title, I told them the only other person I would fight as a heavyweight was Mike Tyson. If Mike Tyson didn’t want to fight, I was going back down to light heavyweight. From what I got … was that he was through with boxing, he didn’t want to box no more, so I

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GAB to send notice to Filipino boxer whose pro license is expired

MANILA, Philippines—The Games and Amusements Board said it will send a notice to Filipino boxer John Moralde, whose fight in July was canceled after he tested positive for COVID-19, as his professional license is expired.

GAB Chairman Baham Mitra said Tuesday during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum that Moralde also didn’t notify the government agency that he would be fighting in Las Vegas.

Moralde (23-3, 13 knockouts) was supposed to take on Mexico’s Alexis Del Bosque in a Top Rank card in Las Vegas, where boxers are living inside a bubble at MGM Grand, but that fight was scrapped after the Filipino slugger tested contracted the virus.

“He’s a good fighter, but the Boxing and Contact Sports of Division of GAB will send him a notice. He also didn’t tell us that he has a scheduled fight,” said Mitra in Filipino.

Mitra added that upon looking at Moralde’s records, they found out that the 26-year-old super featherweight had an expired license since 2018.

“We will write him, we will ask for his side,” said Mitra, who explained that only active licensees and those who fight in the Philippines are under GAB’s jurisdictions but they still want to ask Moralde’s team for an explanation.

Moralde fought three times in 2019, twice in the United States and once in the Philippines. He made is debut in Las Vegas.

“They [Moralde’s team] will likely say that they’re not he’s not a GAB-licensed boxer since they’re in America. What we want is just to set the record straight. If they’re really based there already, then there’s not a problem,” said Mitra. “We just have to remind them that they’re still Filipinos. Eventually when they get older, they’ll come back here and fight here.”

“It’s our job to look after their welfare.”

Mitra insisted that

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Dana White doesn’t care about potential Pacquiao-McGregor fight

FILE — Conor McGregor (L) greets UFC President Dana White during a press conference for UFC 229 at Park Theater at Park MGM on October 04, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Isaac Brekken/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines—UFC President Dana White couldn’t care less if Conor McGregor goes on a cross-sport spectacle again.

Rumors have been circulating of a potential bout against boxing legend Manny Pacquiao with McGregor fanning the flames when he posted “I accept” on Twitter and followed it up with “tinatanggap ko” a day after his initial tweet.

“I don’t care about any of that [expletive],” said White in a report from

In an interview with “My Mom’s Basement” podcast, White even guaranteed that McGregor won’t be fighting this year.

“This year, he is retired,” White said as posted on ESPN. “He doesn’t have a fight this year, and he won’t have a fight this year. Conor McGregor will not fight in 2020. … I guarantee he will not fight in 2020.”

McGregor boxed once competitively in about that ended in a 10-round technical knockout loss to Floyd Mayweather in August 2017 in one of the sport’s biggest draws that earned 4.3 million pay-per-view buys.

Earlier this year, McGregor once more expressed his desire to dabble in the Sweet Science, saying there have been talks of a fight against the eight-division World champion Pacquiao.

“I would be open to other boxing bouts,” said McGregor. “Manny, we were actually close to signing [a fight with] Manny. There’s been talks about a Manny fight as well. There was an offer made on that. Just not yet.”

McGregor, though publicly declaring he’s retired, is still under an exclusive contract with the UFC.

Although White doesn’t care about a scrap between McGregor and Pacquiao, he’s all up for the return of

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