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Roy Jones Jr. Wants Silva Fight; Dana White Not So Much

(Anderson working the hands.)

By CagePotato Guest Contributor Ben Fowlkes

Roy Jones Jr. refuses to let go of the idea of a boxing match with Anderson Silva. Ed Soares, Silva’s manager, says that he spoke with Jones personally on Easter Sunday and Jones expressed serious interest in the fight.

“He told me that he thought that this was a good fight and he wanted to make it happen,” said Soares. “I restated the situation we’re in, that at this moment we have a contract with the UFC, an MMA fight contract, but if there’s a way to make this happen we would love to.”

Now that it’s clear both Silva and Jones want the fight, there’s just one question: What does the UFC think? Turns out, they’re not so crazy about it. Not yet, anyway.

“We’ve spoken about it,” Soares said. “At first, I think there was a lot of resistance. They don’t seem too into it, to be honest with you. We’ve heard from certain people that there’s just no way that this can happen. But never say never, you know.”

Recently the jokesters over at Bodog went ahead and handicapped the bout, despite the fact that it’s only talk at this point, and they pegged Jones as a heavy favorite with a -2800 line. Silva is going off at +1400, which is understandable since he’s never had a real pro boxing match and Jones, you know, has had a few.

Soares, who may well be biased, warns us against underestimating Silva.

“I think Anderson would be able to put up a good fight against Roy Jones. That’s my opinion. Maybe it’s unrealistic. When you talk to some people and read some of these threads, there’s people who swear up and down that it’s the stupidest thing to believe Anderson would do it, but I don’t know. Maybe I’m tainted. I’m not saying that Anderson’s going to go in there and knock him out, but I think Anderson is that skilled that he could make it a fight.”

Soares is also of the opinion that if the fight is going to happen, now is the time.

“At this point in [Silva’s] life, people are saying, ‘Oh, he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.’ From a business standpoint, this is when it seems to make the most sense for it to happen. What an accomplishment to be able to fight a legend like Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing match.”

Though in past interviews Jones seemed to know very little about who Anderson Silva was, once even blanking on his first name, he appears to have a pretty good idea now that he’s calling Silva’s manager to talk it over.

“I think he’s starting to know more [about Silva], for sure,” said Soares. “But I don’t think he completely knows. He definitely spoke about him with some respect.”

It’s a long way from a signed contract, sure. But ask yourself, does Roy Jones Jr. seem like the type to call on Easter Sunday if he isn’t serious about making a deal? With that kind of ‘can-do’ attitude and whole bunch of money, who knows what could happen?

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arisechicken- January 21, 2009 at 12:52 pm
ha he totally did. he got "taint"-ed
Sebastien- April 12, 2008 at 5:34 am
Dana white-
You offred tito to fight you in a tv show and shit.Then you play it on spike where i lost 1hr and 30minutes of my life to see the big pussy tito is not show up to fight. why dont you make it happen and make it a tv show...but this time make sure there is a fight at the end.

Silva vs jones....on spike.
Fowlkes- April 8, 2008 at 9:32 pm
Actually, this is the rare case where nobody "called" anybody out. Silva merely expressed interest in fighting Jones, but in a respectful manner, and without all of the normal "call-out" protocol for bashing the potential future opponent. So, no call-outs, though Silva clearly was the originator of interest in the bout.
The Bloc- March 26, 2008 at 10:10 pm
uh...didnt silva call out Roy jones jr?
aaaaa- March 26, 2008 at 9:51 pm
kg silva called out jones u idiot
Kg- March 26, 2008 at 9:01 pm
This is annoying this is tthe second time a boxer wants to fight a MMA fighter and only wants to do it by boxing rules.
If the boxer wants to fight a MMA fighter then go in as a MMA fighter. You dont hear MMA fighter calling out boxers. Because theres no need.
Reguardless Silva has noting to prove to Jones.
godzillad- March 26, 2008 at 8:19 pm
LOL He said ''tainted''.
DO IT!!- March 26, 2008 at 6:06 pm
I am thinking this fight should happen. What happened to giving the fans what they want?

DANA WHITE - I know you don't want to lose money and have this go to another venue, but what if you allowed this fight on the UFC table. Just have the rules changed for that match. It will sell great.

Just my .02
Mr Black- March 26, 2008 at 5:32 pm
Silva has had 2 pro fights .Take a look on - silvas pro boxing record is 1 -1.
Terminator-c- March 26, 2008 at 5:18 pm
[Sho]Nigga Please[nuff/]