Roy Jones Jr. to run for mayor of Pensacola

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Just in case the 2014 election cycle in Florida could not get any zanier, now comes word that former boxing champ Roy Jones Jr. will run for mayor of Pensacola. TMZ has the story:

45-year-old Jones — the first former middleweight champion to win a heavyweight title in 106 years back in 2003 — tells us, he plans to run for Mayor of his hometown Pensacola at the next election.

And he’s serious too — the HBO analyst says he’s already prepared all the necessary paperwork … and got TEN TIMES the required number of signatures to make himself eligible (nearly 5,000 to be exact).

As for his policies — Jones says he wants to focus on children, telling us, “A lot of kids don’t have proper leadership at home. I’m willing to try and be that person for them.”

How great a fighter was Jones Jr.? The best definition of Jones’ dominance was his 1996 title fight against Eric Lucas.

On the same day that Jones would defend his International Boxing Federation super middleweight title against mid-level opponent Eric Lucas. On the very same day, Jones would participate in a basketball match. Yes, you read right. Roy Jones Jr. got up in the morning, at which point we assume he ate his breakfast of a protein shake with fairy dust sprinkled on top and before spending the entire morning playing a basketball match and then spending the evening beating up on Eric Lucas, stopping him in the 11th round.

It doesn’t matter who you are, no man other than Jones Jr is or ever will be athletically gifted enough to pull of such a feat. And no man will ever be as confident (or arrogant depending on your viewpoint) to think that they can defend a championship title after playing a full basketball match up.

The question now is is Jones Jr. tough enough for politics?

Material from the Sporting Life was used in this post.

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