Roy Jones Jr Vs Bernard Hopkins II...Does Anybody Really Care??

Justin DavisContributor IApril 3, 2010

LAS VEGAS - APRIL 02:  Boxer Roy Jones Jr. poses during the official weigh-in for his bout against Bernard Hopkins at the Mandalay Bay Events Center April 2, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will meet in a light heavyweight bout on April 3 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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In 2002 Roy Jones Jr and Bernard Hopkins enjoyed an elite status among the boxing world and mainstream society. Roy Jones had unified the light heavyweight title and Bernard Hopkins had knocked out Felix Tito Trinidad. In the coming years however the two careers went in different directions. Although Jones would defeat John Ruiz for the WBA title he would lose subsequent bouts to Antonio Tarver and Glenn Johnson. Hopkins would defeat Oscar De La Hoya and Winky Wright.

In 1993 these two warriors collided as young men. Roy Jones would win the fight and lift Hopkins middleweight title. Now almost 17 years to the day of their first meeting, these two square off again. With the glory years behind them, no respectable title on the line and the monetary fallout from a 2006 proposed bout in the mix whats really the point? Is it pride for B-Hop? To avenge a loss he claims should have never been? Is it nostalgia for RJ? A chance to once again regain momentary ring immortality? With these elements in mind does anybody really care about this fight? Can May 1 please get here for Floyd Mayweather-Sugar Shane Mosley?