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Roy Jones Junior to run for mayor of Pensacola
Former heavy weight boxing champion and rapper is throwing his name into the ring for Pensacola's mayoral election.
Roy Jones Junior want's to take a shot at running the city.
Jones is a native of Pensacola was the first former middleweight champion to win a heavyweight title back in 2003
He told TMZ Sports that he plans to run during the next election.
He says he's prepared all the necessary paperwork and has gotten more than enough signatures to be eligible to run.
He's still not submitted any paperwork to the Supervisor of Elections office.
"The City of Five Flags has had many different mayors sit on the council over the years, but now one boxing superstar is getting ready to knock out the competition and become the Mayor of Pensacola."
With a 1-2 knockout punch Roy Jones Junior says he's ready to take on city business.
Fred Levin has known Roy for over 20-years. He's represented Roy as his manager, promoter, and lawyer.
He says Roy has many title's but mayor isn't one.
Fred Levin "I know Roy he's probably the greatest fighter of all time, but he is not anywhere near the greatest businessman of all times and it takes a business man to be mayor."
Levin says he thinks there is more behind the boxers announcement...
Fred Levin "It's such an obvious play trying to take the black community away from the mayor and I think they are making a terrible mistake if they think the black community is not going to see through this."
Others disagree and say they are ready for new leadership..
Lucy Gardener "That's not the case he's just been doing good for the community and he wants change, so I think it will be good for Pensacola. Go Roy!"
Current "strong mayor" Ashton Hayward says he doesn't think Roy's announcement will hurt his chances in the re-election.
Ashton Hayward "We need to look at see who is going to qualify in early June and see who all the candidates are."
"I think Ashton has done a great job, he's a nice guy and he's done a lot for Pensacola, so I don't think he's done a bad job at all."
As much as Miranda McKinnon says she appreciates Mayor Hayward, she believes, put up against Roy, there is no competition.
"Honestly I think he will win, but it's going to be interesting to see what he has in store for Pensacola."
Eric Brown "He's got as good as a chance as anyone else. If he's got good ideas, if he's got the know how, let him go for it."
Roy has not submitted the paperwork to run for office.
City charter also states candidates have to own a residence in city limits for at least a year.
The Escambia County Property Appraiser says there are no listing under his name of owning property in city limits..
But that doesn't mean he doesn't own an LLC or is a private investor.
"We'll find out who will TKO the competition during the November elections."