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Roy Jones Jr.

I'm Running for Mayor!!!

2/19/2014 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr.'s career isn't over -- in fact, he tells TMZ Sports, he's officially taking a shot at a brand new title ... MAYOR.

45-year-old Jones -- the first former middleweight champion to win a heavyweight title in 106 years back in 2003 -- tells us, he plans to run for Mayor of his hometown Pensacola, Florida at the next election.

And he's serious too -- the HBO analyst says he's already prepared all the necessary paperwork ... and got TEN TIMES the required number of signatures to make himself eligible (nearly 5,000 to be exact).

As for his policies -- Jones says he wants to focus on children, telling us, "A lot of kids don't have proper leadership at home. I'm willing to try and be that person for them."

He adds, "I tell the kids, don't fight in the streets. Go into MMA, go into boxing. Do something that someone can be proud of you for."

Jones is confident he can win too -- "I've been opposed my whole life, and I've always won."

Can't argue with that.

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13 COMMENTS

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1.

Mike    

Too many blows to the head.

158 days ago
2.

Layla Brown    

He should be, more likely, running for the State line!!

158 days ago
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teamkarpency1    

I was a big fan of your when you were champ of the world, just dont know if running for Mayor is a good idea! Good luck though..

157 days ago
4.

Lakedra Brown    

Why, just enjoy retirement smh.good luck anyway.

157 days ago
5.

sweetme0990    

He think he can win love a man with confidence

157 days ago
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Sarah    

HE DOES NOT LIVE IN THE CITY OF PENSACOLA! What kind of mayor would he make if he can't even get the first step to the political process (the easiest step) right? According to the charter
"Any person who is a resident of the City, has qualified as a Florida elector, and has been assigned a voter registration number by the County Supervisor of Elections to vote in a City precinct not less than one (1) year prior to the end of the qualification period, shall be an elector of the City who shall be eligible to run for the office of Mayor, while a candidate for a City Council district office must have been a resident of the declared district for at least one (1) year prior to the end of the qualification period." All of his property (including the homesteaded piece) are in the county... not the city. Why should he even bother running for Mayor when he clearly can't even read! Major Fail!

157 days ago
7.

high underground    

I love Roy, and he cant be worse than any of the jokers in politics today, but I fear those shots he took in the last part of his boxing career have caught up with him.

157 days ago
8.

H8Kardash    

Florida is the sh it hole of the US, why would he run for mayor there?

157 days ago
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xXx    

I bet he got the inspiration from the PACMAN and his billion pesos tax problem. Look at the mess Vitali Klitsko got himself for wanting to run for politics he is in the middle of a brewing civil war. Roy Jones might have survive in the ring but will be a different kettle of fish if he joins politics.

157 days ago
10.

lynn    

I thought you have to be a out standing citizen and pay property taxes

156 days ago

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