Jose Aldo wants a shot at a boxing legend in 2023.
Following his successful professional boxing debut, the former UFC featherweight champion told MMA Fighting on Friday in Rio de Janeiro that he is in talks to box undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather in an exhibition bout later this year.
“His side has already agreed, my side too,” Aldo told MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz. We’re waiting now for [the promoters] to complete the deal .”
An upcoming member of the UFC’s 2023 Hall of Fame class, Aldo won his pro boxing debut on Friday with a unanimous decision over Emmanuel Zambrano at Shooto Boxing.
Aldo (31-8 MMA) is already set to make his second boxing appearance in a rematch against Jeremy Stephens at Jorge Masvidal’s Gamebred Boxing 4 event on April 1. He previously defeated Stephens via first-round TKO in the UFC in 2018.
” It might seem like exhibition from [Mayweather’s]’s side but it is not for me,” Aldo stated. It’s punch in the face as always. He is aware that .”
Mayweather (50-0) has embarked on an extensive tour of exhibition bouts since his retirement from boxing in 2017, taking on the likes of Logan Paul, Tenshin Nasukawa, and influencer Deji Olatunji over the course of five bouts. In his next exhibition bout, Mayweather will face Aaron Chalmers (Bellatron veteran and reality TV star) on February. 25.
A message sent by MMA Fighting to Mayweather representatives was not returned at time of writing.