UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson would rather see fellow UFC Champion Conor McGregor fight in the octagon than pursue a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.
In an interview with ESPN The Magazine, Johnson gave his take on the potential McGregor vs. Mayweather fight and said it is sad that fans would rather hear other fighters trash talk both fighters in lieu of an honest answer.
"People ask me, Oh, what do you think about the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight?' And there are two ways to answer it," Johnson said. "My truthful answer is that I would rather see Conor defend his UFC belt and that I don't think him going to boxing makes any sense. I want to see him use all the skills he has, and I want to see Mayweather fight the best of his sport, like Saul "Canelo" Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin. Another answer I could give would be, "F--- Conor! F--- Floyd! I'll beat them both on the same night, they both suck!" ... and people would eat that up way more than a man giving his honest, truthful opinion. That's what's sad about this sport, and social media, today."
McGregor had dominated the sport in the past couple of years, having defended the UFC Featherweight title numerous times, defeating bitter rival Nate Diaz and becoming the first ever simultaneous dual champion when he beat Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title last November. McGregor has yet to defend his UFC Lightweight title as he had been taking a break from fighting for the birth of his first child.
Mayweather, on the other hand, has not fought since defeating Andre Berto in 2015, claiming that he has retired. Since retiring, Mayweather has been working as the head promoter for Mayweather Promotions, holding numerous cards all over the country and managing young up and coming boxers as well world champions such as IBF junior lightweight champion Gervonta Davis.
Both camps for McGregor and Mayweather had been trying to make the dream fight a reality, with UFC President Dana White saying that he still trying to negotiate with both sides.