OK, we'll concede.
It wasn't much of a week in the ring.
With Tiger Woods winning a tournament, Alex Rodriguez potentially losing a season and Johnny Manziel possibly signing away his amateur status, according to ESPN's Outside the Lines, boxing took a seat even closer to the back of the sports bus than it usually does in a seven-day stretch without a big fight.
But that doesn't mean we weren't beating the bushes for matching quintets of winners and losers when it came to happenings in the squared circle.
Click through to see who gets thumbs-up and thumbs-down for the week that was.
OK, we'll concede.
Many of Roy Jones Jr.'s recent nights in the ring have been painful - both for him and his fans.
Let's face it. The man who dominated all manner of boxing rings throughout the 1990s hasn't been great since 2003, nor relevant since 2005.
Nonetheless, he remains a name quantity. And for whatever reason, it was a quantity that interested MMA star Quinton "Rampage" Jackson enough to want to tangle with Roy Jones Jr.—in a boxing match—in his debut with the Bellator organization on Nov. 2.
Jackson changed his mind this week, however, and will instead compete with another faded ex-superstar—in the form of former UFC star Tito Ortiz—rather than the 44-year-old Jones. Via Luke Thomas of MMAFighting.com:
I'm down to fight Roy. I'm a big fan of his. He's one of the best boxers. He's the man. I've seen him knock out guys without even using his hands. This time, I'm going to give the fans what they want. My first fight in Bellator, I want it to be an MMA fight. Not a boxing match.
The April 2008 loss to Antonio Margarito ended an 18-month IBF title reign for Cintron.
Ten days short of two years since his last victory, the Puerto Rican-born and Pennsylvania-bred Kermit Cintron got back on the W side of the record book with a unanimous 10-round decision over Jonathan Batista on an ESPN card from Miami, Okla.
The triumph was hardly worthy of imminent title shots, but it did at least temporarily end a skid that had seen the former IBF welterweight champ get TKO'd by Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (November 2011) and held to a draw by Adrian Granados (March 2013) in his past two fights.
Now 33, Cintron lost his IBF belt to Antonio Margarito (KO 6) in their 2008 rematch and is 5-3-2 in 10 bouts since.
The days when the "White Buffalo" rumbled alongside the heavyweight division's biggest names—Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield among them—were already long gone by the time he stepped into the ring against five-fight novice Joseph Parker in mid-June.
But after the ex-contender, now 44 years old, was laid out in just two rounds by the youngster, those glory days seemed even a more distant memory.
Some additional dirt was shoveled upon them this week, when former manager Thinus Strydom suggested Botha was "washed-up as an international campaigner" upon hearing that the old man was still entertaining offers to fight, even after the Parker debacle.
"He's likely to get hurt very badly," Strydom said, via BoxingScene.com. "And that's something that will have to be considered very seriously before he'll be issued a license."
It takes a fair amount of chutzpah to choose boxing as an occupation when your name is Ray Robinson, but the Philadelphia-based welterweight is making a respectable run at it in this, his seventh full year as a professional.
The 27-year-old scored the most significant win of his career on Friday night in Newark, Del., where he stopped former prospect Ray Narh in seven rounds atop a card at the Bob Carpenter Center on the University of Delaware campus.
Robinson won his initial 11 fights as a pro but skidded off the radar when he was beaten by unbeaten Brad Solomon (MD 8) and Shawn Porter (UD 10) in consecutive fights in December 2009 and July 2010.
He's righted the ship with five straight wins, winning the Pennsylvania state welterweight title by second-round TKO over Terrance Cauthen and capturing the USBA title with the defeat of Narh—who'd entered the fight at 26-2 with 21 KOs.
Rios has a tough assignment with a Manny Pacquiao who's motivated to put on a good show.
When it comes to his November bout with Manny Pacquiao, some would contend that Brandon Rios' best chance at success lies in hoping that the Filipino comes in at something less than 100 percent.
Whether he's still what he was at this time last year remains to be seen. If words are any indication, Pacquiao is not only ready to meet his fellow former lightweight champion, but he's well aware that both a win and an impressive effort are vital.
That's bad news for Rios, who comes in off a loss to Mike Alvarado and is considered a sizable underdog to the former seven-division champ.
"Winning this fight won't be enough," Pacquiao said this week, via China Daily (h/t Edward Chaykovsky, BoxingScene.com). "I have to win big. I want to put on a good show for everybody in China and around the world. To do that, I have to knock him out."
Adamek struggled mightily in defeating Steve Cunningham, a former cruiserweight titleholder, last December.
Just when it appeared the shelf life of 36-year-old Polish-born heavyweight contenders had come to an end, the most recent incarnation of the brand reappeared Saturday night in Connecticut.
Tomasz Adamek, a one-sided loser to Vitali Klitschko in a WBC title fight three years ago, silently rebuilt himself with four wins in the subsequent 13 months but hadn't been heard from since a controversial defeat of Steve Cunningham three days before last Christmas.
He improved to 49-2 with a unanimous 10-round verdict over fringe contender Dominick Guinn, winning nine rounds on two scorecards and eight on the third. In the aftermath, he's reportedly eyeing a match with unbeaten American Bryant Jennings, according to Rick Reeno of BoxingScene.com.
Fortuna was an interim titleholder after defeating Patrick Hyland two fights ago in Las Vegas.
Much was made of the acumen of Javier Fortuna, a 5'5" southpaw from the Dominican Republic, who entered ESPN's Friday night card with 16 KOs in 22 straight wins since turning pro in 2009.
He'd been the WBA's interim champion as recently as two fights ago, and while the belt is the product of modern-day sanctioning nonsense, it did at least imply that the 24-year-old was on a truly elite status when it came to the world's 126-pounders.
It didn't seem so in Miami, Okla., however, where Fortuna lost nine of 10 rounds on one card and did no better than a 5-5 split on one other while being held to a draw by unheralded Cuban Luis Franco—who'd not won a fight since 2011.
Stevens could be next in line to meet knockout artist Gennady Golovkin, the IBO/WBA middleweight champion.
If you're being talked about as an imminent foe for one of the sport's most talked-about knockout artists, the best way to prove you're a worthy adversary is by showing a little power of your own.
Consider it a mission accomplished for Curtis Stevens, who blasted middleweight gatekeeper Saul Roman in a single round to pave the way to a match with IBO/WBA champion Gennady Golovkin.
Assuming all goes well in negotiations, the fight is penciled in for Nov. 2 at Madison Square Garden.
Chambers, who lost a 2010 title shot against Wladimir Klitschko, was beaten in his cruiserweight debut.
Eddie Chambers, an affable Philadelphian, had long been considered a respectable heavyweight, but too small (at 210 pounds or less) to compete with the giants atop the division.
He finally took his critics' advice and shrank down to cruiserweight on Friday in Connecticut, weighing in at a career-low 196 pounds to face Thabiso Mchunu—a 5'8" South African ranked No. 7 in the world by the WBC and No. 9 by the IBO.
The 31-year-old was outworked for the majority of the 10 rounds and lost by scores of 97-93, 99-91 and 99-91 on the official cards.
The 22-year-old bantamweight picked up both a world title and a citation from the Guinness Book of World Records when he decisioned Paulus Ambunda over 12 rounds on Thursday in the Philippines.
Tomoki Kameda annexed the WBO's 118-pound championship with the defeat of Ambunda and also joined his brothers, Koki and Daiki, as Guinness record holders for the most siblings to win world boxing titles.
Koki Kameda is the WBA's regular world champion beneath super champion Anselmo Moreno, while Daiki is the former WBA flyweight champion.
Tomoki Kameda defeated Ambunda by scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112.