Demetrious Johnson is the latest non-boxer who wants to box Floyd Mayweather

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 04:  (L-R) Demetrious Johnson punches Henry Cejudo in their UFC flyweight championship fight during the UFC 227 event inside Staples Center on August 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Demetrious Johnson is one of the greatest fighters in UFC history. He might not be a good match for Floyd Mayweather. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

As far as retirements go, Floyd Mayweather’s has been a busy one. The 42-year-old boxer has recently made it a practice to take on non-boxers in the boxing ring and walk away with millions after a nearly risk-free victory.

He outlasted a gassed Conor McGregor in 2017, ripped through Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa last New Year’s Eve and publicly flirted with another bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov while the world waits for a second Manny Pacquiao fight. Now, former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson appears to want that action.

Demetrious Johnson on possible Floyd Mayweather exhibition: ‘It’ll be fun’

Currently fighting in the Singapore-based ONE Championship after an unusual trade between promotions, Johnson expressed his interest in a three-round exhibition match similar to Mayweather’s bout against Nasukawa in an interview with TMZ:

"Absolutely, I'll step in there and fight Floyd," 32-year-old Johnson said ... "3 rounds? Just boxing? I'll do that. It'll be fun! I feel like I'll do fine."

And, this isn't one of those hypothetical matchups either -- because as Johnson put it, "I think for Floyd Mayweather if it makes money sense, I think he would do anything."

At least Johnson seems to know what motivates Mayweather.

Now, how would such a fight play out? Johnson is considered one of the best mixed martial artists in history thanks to his incredible run atop the UFC’s flyweight division. The 32-year-old set a record with 11 straight title defenses until he was stopped by Henry Cejudo last year.

That’s what Johnson has going for him: sheer greatness in MMA’s biggest promotion. What he doesn’t have going for him: He’s not really a boxer, and he’d be facing a historically great boxer who has five or six inches of reach and a weight class or two on him.

Unlike the strike-focused McGregor, who lasted 10 rounds with Mayweather, Johnson is much more of a wrestler. That limitation might have been a big reason the Nurmagomedov fight never came together, and it’s why a Johnson-Mayweather fight wouldn’t be as entertaining as some fans might imagine. It might be lucrative though, and that’s really what matters here.

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