Roy Jones Jr. reacts to Ugas’ win over Pacquiao, concerned for Errol Spence Jr.

On Saturday night, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao lost by unanimous decision to WBA 147-pound champion Yordenis Ugas at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The 42-year-old Pacquiao was supposed to fight unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr., but he had to withdraw due to an eye injury.

Throughout the fight on Saturday night, Pacquiao had a hard time getting out of the way of Ugas’ jab and right hand.

While some were stunned by the result, the great Roy Jones Jr. was not. 

“It’s what I expected,” Jones said about Ugas’ win. “Pacquiao is not as young as he used to be. If you don’t have legs, you are not going to beat Ugas. Ugas is a very good fighter, a very smart fighter, a very experienced amateur fighter, and a very experienced pro fighter. 

“So, I knew going in, in my opinion, Ugas was going to be a harder fighter than Spence because Spence was going to come right at him… A guy that could box him and use his jab like Ugas did would create more of a problem, and that’s what happened.”

Jones does not think Pacquiao is done, but he believes his team should be smarter with the matchmaking going forward.

Watch below as Jones talks Pacquiao, Spence’s injured eye, and his induction into the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame.

Jones was on hand in Atlantic City for Sunday’s fifth annual ACBHOF induction ceremony at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Here is a list of the other individuals inducted into ACBHOF on Sunday:

Riddick Bowe, Pernell Whitaker, Al Cole, Ernest Bing, Tony Thornton, Sr., Calvin Grove, Percy Richardson, Tommy Parks, Earl Morton, Steve Weisfeld, Ron Katz, Murad Muhammad, Marc Abrams, Al Bernstein, and Ms. Laoma Byrd. Felix Trinidad, Kelly Pavlik, Simon Brown, Ivan Robinson, Aaron Snowell, Joey Eye, Frank Cappuccino, Ed Keenan, and Nino Delbuno.

For more information about the ACBHOF, go to  www.acbhof.com.

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Tyson-Jones ends in draw

For years, we thought Mike Tyson against Roy Jones Jr. would go down as a mythical matchup, but on Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the myth became a reality. However, the eight-round exhibition fight, which was unofficially scored by former boxing champions Vinny Pazienza, Chad Dawson, and Christy Martin, ended in a draw. Goforitradio.com scored the fight 78-74 for Tyson.

The 54-year-old Tyson seemed to be in complete control of the fight, which featured two-minute rounds. The 51-year-old Jones, did a lot of holding in the fight. In addition, Tyson appeared to land the harder shots. Most importantly, the two former world champions walked away healthy.

According to CompuBox, Tyson landed 30 more punches than Jones(67-37). Also, Tyson had the edge in power punches(57-28).

“I’m cool with the draw,” Jones said after the fight. “It means we just might have to do it again, but I don’t know.”

Tyson is willing to do another exhibition fight and hopes to be better the next time around.

“Everything I was doing, I could’ve done it better, so God willing, I’ll be better the next exhibition,” he said.

According to reports, Tyson will earn $10 million for the fight, while Jones will earn $3 million.

It would appear the logical opponent for Tyson would be former world champion Evander Holyfield, who seems to be interested. The two fought twice in the 90s, with Holyfield winning both fights. The second fight ended in a disqualification after Tyson bit Holyfield’s ears. 

After breaking pre-sale records, it appears Tyson-Jones did very well on pay-per-view, which is excellent news for all involved. A fight with Holyfield could keep the momentum going for Tyson.