And sounds very complimentary, according to the New York Daily News….
Jones said he was told that White stopped the match because he didn’t want to embarrass the UFC if Jones were to KO Silva in the first round of a boxing match.
“I don’t see how it could discredit the UFC,” Jones said. “The guy has boxed before and he’s a tall, slick, left handed fighter. That gives everybody problems. It would be a good fight. As fighters we’re supposed to be trying to do things that amaze people and make history. This could have been something that people really wanted to see.
“I just think it’s wrong not to allow him (Silva) to get the opportunity to live out his fantasy to be in the ring with one of his heroes. That’s the kind of thing that boxing promoters usually do.”
All things considered that’s a very polite sound bite considering what he could have said about being called out and Dana White pulling the plug. He finished on a high note in regards to Silva:
“If I had a high school wrestling background, I’d be willing to try that stuff (mixed martial arts),” Jones said. “But I’m lost on the ground.”
“He’s got a lot of heart and I have nothing but respect for him for wanting to take on the best in boxing.”
This was a lot of class shown by Roy Jones Jr. as we all know he could have went in the complete opposite direction if he had so chosen. Just think if the situations were flipped. I liked the confidence of Anderson Silva, the kind words of Roy Jones Jr., and in the end the fantastic decision by Dana White. We can now all put this to bed thankful that it didn’t go where we were hoping it would not.