Report: Chad Johnson 'Refused' to Fight Pacman Jones on Mayweather vs. Paul Card

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMay 10, 2021

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE PLAYERS TAILGATE - From left, Ex-NFL players Chad Johnson, and Warren Sapp, pose at The Players Tailgate at Super Bowl LIV on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami. (Jeff Lewis/AP Images for The Players Tailgate)
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Chad Johnson reportedly declined an opportunity to fight former teammate Pacman Jones in a boxing exhibition on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Logan Paul card June 6.

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk reported Johnson "flatly refused" the opportunity to box Jones. The former NFL receiver is set to make his boxing debut on the Mayweather-Paul card but apparently had no interest in making it an ex-Cincinnati Bengal affair.

Florio said it's possible Jones is put on the card against a different opponent.

Johnson, a longtime boxing fan who has trained at Mayweather's gym, broke the news of his boxing debut on his I Am Athlete podcast.

"Everything in life I'm good at outside of golf," Johnson said. "June 6, 'Sweet Feet Johnson' is going to go in there and do what I do best."

Mayweather is set to return to a boxing ring for the first time since defeating Conor McGregor in 2017. The greatest fighter of his generation, Mayweather sees a clear money-making opportunity in fighting Paul, whose only previous fight was a loss to fellow YouTuber KSI. His brother, Jake Paul, is viewed as the more serious boxer and has won all three of his professional fights.

Badou Jack vs. Jean Pascal and Jarrett Hurd vs. Luis Arias are among the fights set for the Mayweather undercard.