Does fighting past one’s prime help or hurt a fighter’s legacy?
If you were even one of the most casual of boxing fans in the 1990’s to the earlier 2000’s, you probably knew who Roy Jones Jr. was. During that time Jones was considered to be the pound for pound best fighter in the sport. Roy Jones Jr. represented the USA in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea. Jones advanced to the gold medal round and faced Korea’s Park Si-hun where he was robbed of a gold medal. In my opinion, this fight was one sided and if you have not seen this fight, I highly recommend it. After the olympics jones made the decision to turn pro. With elite boxing skills, blinding hand speed and and power in both hands, Roy Jones quickly rose through the ranks and became one of the best to ever lace them up.
Of course, inevitably so, Father Time has caught up with Jones and at the age of 47, Jones is preparing to lace them up once again this evening in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida. As a sports fan and a boxing fan especially, I find myself questioning why Jones is still fighting. We’ve seen it so many times with some of our favorite athletes, Brett Favre, Jerry Rice, Sugar Ray Leonard and countless others. We can speculate on one’s motivation to continue to stay active in their respective sport. Be it money, fame, addiction to the bright lights and the big show, I guess most of us may never know.
We want to hear from you all! What do you all think? Can staying in the sport too long help or hurt one’s legacy?