Bernard Hopkins, 45, is a minus-500 betting favorite at MGM Mirage’s sports books going into Saturday’s fight with Roy Jones Jr., 41, who is going in at plus-350 odds at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
It’s a glorious boxing rematch 17 years in the making. For Jones, 54-6, losing five of his past 10 fights dating to 2004, it’s more about proving to people he’s not washed up in the fight game.
Jones beat Hopkins (50-5-1, 32 KOs) by unanimous decision in a 1993 middleweight bout.
But for Hopkins, apparently, it’s just another day at work. After the fight he plans to be sitting in the Mandalay Bay audience with his 10-year-old daughter to watch the “Lion King.”
Today’s weigh-in is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Mandalay Bay and is open to the public.
Tickets for the fight are priced from $100 to $750.