MACAU - Before Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather ruled the boxing world, Roy Jones Jr was the man to beat. At the age of 44, and despite his best years being a long way behind him in the rear-view mirror, he still thinks he is.
Speaking to The Sunday Times on the sidelines of Saturday's weigh-in between Pacquiao and Brandon Rios in Macau, Jones proclaimed himself the best in the sport as he heads into yet another comeback fight next month.
"Nobody can touch what I did and these guys can't match up to that," bragged the former light-heavyweight king. "I stay in shape and I'm ready to fight again. I have the fire to carry on and so that's what I'm going to do."
At his peak, the American defensive maestro romped through the weight divisions from middleweight all the way up to heavyweight.
However, a series of defeats seemed to bring an end to his career - only for him to return again.
He said he sees similarities between his situation and that of Pacquiao and Rios, who are both coming off losses.
"It's a tough fight for both men, even though a lot of people are saying Pacquiao will win easily," said Jones. "They have a lot to prove to people after being defeated.
"Brandon is tough and can find a way to win if he boxes smartly but there is no doubt that Manny is the favourite." Jones added that he did not expect today's main event to go the distance.
"Pacquiao prevails and he does it by knockout," he said.
"It's going to be action-packed while it lasts but Pacquiao simply has too much for Rios."
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