If you think that this whole Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather, will they-won't they thing has been going on for far too long, then you've clearly never heard about the perpetually-boiling superfight between Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr.
A boxing match between the two legends has been in talks since at least 2009, when a then-40 year old Jones called out the then-champion Silva to face him in the squared circle. Silva quickly agreed, but the fight was eventually torpedoed by Dana White on account of Silva's UFC contract.
But the heat between McGregor and Mayweather seems to have injected new life into Jones Jr. vs. Silva in recent weeks, leading the boxing great to once again call out for a fight with Silva on the card's co-main event slot.
While the McGregor vs. Mayweather negotiations have seemingly hit a wall, Jones Jr. is confident that his fight with Silva will actually happen.
Speaking with The Mac Life, Jones Jr. stated that "there's no better time than now."
“Had he not have lost to Weidman, I think it would have happened. … Anderson still wants it, he’s about 40 years old, he’s reaching the end of his career, he’s reaching the end of his prime zone. I’m reaching the end of my primal age, so if we’re gonna make it happen, there’s no better time than now."
Jones Jr. claimed that he'd be meeting with UFC brass later this week to discuss a potential matchup with Silva, who just scored his first MMA victory since 2012 at UFC 208 earlier this month, and would "see what happens."
When asked when the fight might happen, Jones Jr. said it all really depended on when McGregor vs. Mayweather gets booked, if it does.
As always, that's one HUGE "if."