To use a wonderful southern American term…Wait just a cotton pickin’ minute! You might be saying, ‘I’ve seen that guy somewhere before’. If you’ve played the original Punch Out! on NES, you might see a slight resamblance to a character named Piston Honda.
Hell, even on Nintendo’s official Punch-Out! site they have Piston Hondo’s first appearance being on the original Punch-Out! There hasn’t been any official word as to why they changed the name. My initial guess is that the juggernaut Japanese car manufacturer Honda might have been a reason. That’s just speculating on my part though.