With the announcement that in the spring of next year former multi belt champions Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones would be participating in a sequel to their bout that occured twelve years ago, many fans rejoiced in the realization that these two modern day greats would finally be sharing a ring in anger once again. But is this a pairing that would have been better off left for the barstool theorist to ponder what would have happened if Jones and Hopkins ever had a rematch?
Simply put, Jones seems spent as a legitimate world class fighter, at least against light heavyweights, and Hopkins seems to have slipped a little bit himself, which is actually an amazing statement as he approaches his forty first birthday. Perhaps the theory the Jones camp is going by is that while the former four division world champion has been knocked out lately by the likes of Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson, Hopkins, a career middleweight, won't have the concussive power to do the same to his hated rival. Also, Hopkins likely represents the last really big payday that Jones can still command but for the Philadelphia legend, this bout, to be held in a venue yet to be announced, is all about revenge.
Should Jones and Hopkins really climb through the ropes together once again it will almost certainly be the last fight for both or it least, it should be.