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Chad Johnson may have got dropped in his boxing debut, but he still backs himself inside the ring - well, sort of.
It appears Ochocinco backs his own ability so much that he has now called out none other than Conor McGregor for a bout - albeit half-jokingly.
Brian Maxwell drops Chad Johnson in the 4th round :triumph::muscle:#JohnsonMaxwell #MayweatherPaul pic.twitter.com/mPRZ4AohF7
- SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) June 7, 2021
Former dual-division UFC champion McGregor hasn't boxed professionally since his historic loss to Floyd Mayweather back in 2017 and ex-NFL wide receiver Johnson clearly fancies his chances against him.
"I don't box. I fight, but it ain't in the ring. So of course I was a little sloppy," he said during his post-fight interview.
"I had fun. I think I'm ready for [Conor] McGregor.
"I think I'm ready for McGregor." ♂️
Former NFL player Chad Johnson goes four rounds with Brian Maxwell in an entertaining exhibition scrap!#MayweatherPaul :palm_tree: pic.twitter.com/q2NjPG1lX8
- Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) June 7, 2021
43-year-old Johnson, who is arguably one of the greatest route runners to ever grace a football field, squared off against experienced mixed martial artist Brian Maxwell on the under card of Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul.
Ochocinco looked tidy in his debut but hit the deck hard in the fourth and final round after copping a wild right hand to the temple.
That being said, Johnson bounced straight back to his feet and continued marching forward.
No winner was officially declared, but the former Cincinnati Bengals star left a lasting impression and did more than enough to earn everyone's respect.
Great positive message from Chad Johnson after his fight tonight @ochocinco pic.twitter.com/PhoPjWD2gs
- Digital Marketer (@kidyungn) June 7, 2021
"I had fun. I had two months to get ready for this. I want to thank God for keeping me safe right here," Johnson added.
"Floyd, Leonard Ellerbe, my corner - Ralphie, Charlie. F**king Brian and his team for allowing me to tick this off my bucket list.
"My life has always been about taking chances, doing crazy stuff. And this is just one off my bucket list.
"And it's a message to a lot of people out there that are content, scared to fail, scared to lose, that don't take chances.
"Man, get out there and live, man. Don't be living, just get out there and live for real. Don't be scared to fail, it's okay."
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