What ‘Ocho vs Science’ Means: Chad Johnson’s Boxing Shirt Explained
Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson made a statement holding his own on his boxing debut against Brian Maxwell on Sunday.
But was he trying to make another one with his wardrobe?
As he made his way to the ring, Johnson and his team wore shirts that read “Ocho vs Science”.
After the fight, several others stepped in and shared the post, including LeBron James.
Some information about the shirts:
For those who don’t know, Johnson is a huge McDonald’s fan, so much so that he has eaten fast food regularly throughout his NFL career.
On the podcast “I am an athlete“, a weekly show where he chats with former wide receiver Brandon Marshall, former linebacker Channing Crowder and former running back Fred Taylor, Johnson had a heated discussion with Marshall about whether it was important to eat healthy or if an athlete could eat McDonald’s and continue to perform at a high level on the pitch. Johnson described it as putting a callus in his body, and that as long as he trained hard he was going to be built for the NFL.
In a later episode of the show with NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace as a guest, the discussion resumed, Marshall asking Wallace where he stood in the “Ocho vs. Science” debate.
“Is Ocho winning, or is science?” Marshall asked.
Athletes discussed their eating habits during their NFL careers and the importance of listening to the science behind food. Johnson argued that the research that indicates which food is healthiest for athletes is being conducted by people who do not have the personal experience of which food works best for athletes.
“I try not to say the wrong thing because I don’t want to offend anyone, but the people doing the research tell Brandon what he should eat to play here when they’ve never been there,” Johnson said.
He later added, “How about knowing your body specifically and not allowing researchers and scientists who don’t know about you to tell you what to do at your highest level?” “
Marshall said he agreed to some extent that athletes should do their own research to understand what works best for them, but he also noted that through case studies, scientists generally know what guarantees that the human body will perform at its best.
“Everyone’s body is different. That’s why you have to understand, ”Marshall said. “What I put in my body, I can eat chicken and I can be allergic to chicken and I don’t know. So what happened is now I’m walking around with four or five extra pounds of inflammation. Why is this important? Because inflammation is where sickness and disease are found. Cancer, certain types of heart disease because we put things in our bodies that our bodies don’t respond to. Think about medicine. Medicine, when you put it in your body, you have a chemical reaction.
The phrase “Ocho vs Science” became popular among the show’s listeners, to the point that Marshall’s lifestyle and wellness company, House of Athlete, started selling the T-shirts in their store.
So, can Johnson’s performance on Sunday be attributed in part to McDonald’s? Good, according to the Orange County Register, he removed it from his diet before the fight.