Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
If you cover or read about enough press conferences, you know fighters are bound to say the same things. Today’s final press conference for the pay-per-view portion of Saturday’s Pacquiao vs. Bradley card was no different.
Here are the highlights for the majority of the fighters:
“I want to thank (insert God/promoter’s name).”
“I trained hard for this fight.”
“We know what we’ve got to do.”
“Expect a good show on Saturday.”
“I expect to win.”
Undefeated welterweight Mike Jones (26-0) and veteran fighter Randall Bailey (42-7, 36 Kos), however, veered off script and stole the show.
The two will square off for the vacant IBF welterweight title in less than 48-hours and the heat between the two was felt throughout the MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theater. One interesting factoid about this fight: despite Bailey’s number of knockouts, Jones opted for eight ounce gloves for the scheduled 12-round tilt instead of ten ounce. The undefeated Philadelphia fighter addressed that during his time at the podium.
“The reason why I chose eight ounce gloves is because I want the best Randall Bailey,” Jones said. “You say you can hit and knock somebody out, but you’ve gotta catch him and hit him. It takes more than a knockout punch to be a great fighter.”
“That’s what you’re going to get,” Bailey said, attempting to interrupt.
Jones didn’t take the bait and avoided the verbal sparring match, but it was Bailey who clearly threw down the gauntlet.
“We’ve seen Mike Jones and we’re ready for the task at hand,” Bailey stated. “Come Saturday, it’s going to be a war. All that talk about this and that, it’s a done deal. When the bell rings, ding, it’s on.”
A winner of three of his last four with one no contest, Bailey is out to prove he’s still got some zip on his punches against the younger, hungry Jones. And if the icy stare-down between the pair is any indication, it’ll be all the war Bailey promised and then some.