A month before he went to jail, Bowe visited the Nevada State Athletic Commission in Las Vegas to apprise it of his plans. "Same old Bowe," says Marc Rattier, the executive director, chuckling. "He wanted to talk about Fan Man. Said it was a conspiracy."
Holyfield, meanwhile, was talking up plans for a title fight with Jones, who has been mentioning him as a possible opponent, perhaps lured as much by the dollars that Holyfield's name still generates as by his degeneration as a contender. Holyfield has worked this scenario to his advantage before; who's to say he couldn't again?
"You'll see," says Holyfield, still sitting sideways in his leather chair. "In 2004, when I'm champ again, people will say, 'He been champ five times, took all that long for him to reach his goal. Look. Now he's happy.' "