Mighty Mouse is the undisputed king of the flyweight division and he has backed his fellow MMA fighter for the big night
CONOR MCGREGOR is the best UFC fighter to step up and face Floyd Mayweather, according to pound-for-pound king Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson.
The UFC’s only ever flyweight champion stands on the edge of immortality as he aims for his 11th title defence in September and he has backed his fellow MMA star for a boxing coronation.
DJ believes Mystic Mac’s best chance of beating the 49-0 defensive master is by out-Mayweathering him and being the first to the counter-punch, besting Money Man at his own game.
And he has given the Irish hero more than the customary puncher’s chance of stunning the world on Saturday night- but he’s not confident enough to part with his cash.
Johnson said: ““I think McGregor wins if he goes out there and does not fight him like a boxer.
“Mayweather is not a pressure fighter, all his opponents go to him and he beats his opponents with patience.
“Conor McGregor has patience and he uses his upper-body to make people move and miss until he can hit them with his left cross.
“I think he prepared for this fight smart, here at the UFC performance institute so I cannot see how he will not have a good showing.
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“I am not betting on Conor, I am not that rich, I keep my f****** money in the bank.
“But if I had to pick anyone from the UFC roster at 155lbs to fight Mayweather, it would be Conor.
“If Mayweather comes out and puts it on Conor McGregor and gets in to a fight and he knocks Conor McGregor out, then I don’t know s*** about boxing.”
Johnson believes the odds stacked against McGregor put him in a no-lose situation. He is guaranteed a massive payday and his inexperience make him a huge underdog.
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That freedom should give the Dubliner confidence as the die-hard boxing fans wait for him to fall on his face in Las Vegas.
Johnson said: “I don’t think a bad show will hurt the brand, he is fighting the best boxer, the best defensive boxer in the world.
“If he loses then most people will say ‘no s***,what did you think was going to happen, the fought Mayweather’.
“If he has a good showing, like I think he will, then people will be like ‘oh, this MMA stuff is no joke, we should go and check it out’”.