He doesn't need the money. He can't be any more famous than he already is. He has held the mantle as the world's best pound-for-pound boxer and he has electrified worldwide audiences - via pay-TV - with his speed, power and unbridled desire to entertain for 20 years.
And yet, Roy Jones Jr wants more.
The overbearing question is why? And more precisely, why has he chosen Australia to host his first fight outside the United States since he was robbed of Olympic gold in Seoul in 1988?
A champion of four weight divisions, a trim and taut Jones Jr, wearing a Michael Jordan shirt and jeans, arrived promptly at our scheduled meeting yesterday morning, sauntering into his city hotel after a morning walk through the sun-drenched streets.
He says he loves Australia, where he spent time in 2003 when he worked on the Matrix Reloaded movie, and he certainly seems to be enjoying the few spare moments he has between meetings and media commitments.
This, though, is the calm before the storm.
Roy Jones Jr is a fighter. He might prefer to be labelled a boxer, which perhaps better describes the stylishly smooth pugilist who is gunning to become the first to claim world titles in every division from middleweight to heavyweight.
But at his core is a ruthlessness that Perth's Danny Green can expect to face head-on when the two meet in a much-hyped fight for Green's International Boxing Organisation cruiserweight belt at Sydney's Acer Arena on December 2.
Boxer? Fighter? Really, what is the difference when two men pull on gloves and attempt to send the other into oblivion?
Green is an unashamed brawler with lead in his fists and a career record consisting of 27 wins (24 by knockout) and three losses.
He has declared that knocking out Jones will take him to the "top of the mountain" and Jones, who has accumulated more than a dozen belts, when you include those of the little-known organisations happy to associate with one of the sport's all-time greats, does not disagree.
"This is not really trash talk. It's his only hope," the American said of Green's aim, which was the same position adopted by many fighters before him.
"They get to play the lottery for one night. If they can catch the great Roy Jones and knock him out, they can change their whole life.
"I told him 'you got to come out and try to take my head off as quick as you can because once I get warmed up, it's over with'.
"Danny's got a big punch. But after that, what? Now we on Roy's ground. Now what? To me, that's what he's got. He ain't going to win no boxing match. I'm too good for that. Forget that."
In the self-promotion stakes, Jones is up there with the best. Give him a negative and he'll spin it into a positive.
Tell him that a bout against a little-known fighter on foreign soil is not one he would've even considered 10 years ago because of his status, and he'll spit it right back at you.
"I would've fought Danny Green 10 years ago. Most definitely," he said, but conceded it would not have taken place in Australia.
"I didn't have to take risks," he said. "I wouldn't have taken the risk at that point in my career. Now it's not about whether I'm going to win or lose it's about what type of show I'm getting.
"And the belt is very substantial here. I've got every title between middleweight and heavyweight except for cruiserweight.
"Also, what's very intriguing to me is that this will be the biggest fight in the history of the sport in Australia so there's two pieces of history there. And I feel like I can be treated fairly. Besides the US, Australia is the only other country I've been to so far that I could live in. I love Australia."
Jones modifies his response in acknowledging the significance of the 1908 bout in Sydney when American Jack Johnson became the first black boxer to win the heavy- weight title with victory over Canadian Tommy Burns.
But a sense of history has drawn him Down Under.
"I took fights to places that hadn't had a fight in years, even in the United States," he said. "Indiana, Portland Oregon … places that were dead to boxing. So to come to a whole different country that hasn't had a big-time fight like this was almost like God said 'there you go'."
Jones Jr thanks the Lord throughout our conversation, mainly for the hardship he has endured during a fight career of 54 wins (40 knockouts) and five losses.
He thanks God for the knockout losses to Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson in 2004, which served to motivate him to prove wrong the critics who felt he should retire.
Now 40, Jones reckons he will be boxing until he's 56, even if only to keep boxing alive in the face of the mixed martial arts scene, whose Ultimate Fighting Championship has boxing covered in terms of finances and popularity in the US.
He thanks God, too, for that dark day in Seoul at the 1988 Olympics when he was robbed of a gold medal by an appalling decision to award gold to Korea's Park Si-hun.
"That's over with . . . it's water under the bridge," he said.
"It's the best thing that could've happened to me because it catapulted me into something magnificent. Who's still going from that '88 class? Just me."
He only briefly considered quitting the sport before turning his attention to the professional game with astounding success and has since turned his hand to acting and rap music.
"Right away I did (think of quitting) but I realised it was a blessing in disguise," he said.
"I don't want that gold medal. They can have it. It served its purpose, it got me started.
"If I won that, it might've made a guy lazy. Having faith in God shows you this: whatever is supposed to happen is what happens. It was God's will.
"Look what he gave me for going through that. All those guys who won gold medals wish they could've had a Roy Jones-type career."
A career that is not done yet.·Danny Green v Roy Jones Jr, Acer Arena, Sydney, on December 2. Available on Main Event TV.
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