Jose Aldo Impresses In Pro Boxing Debut, Announces Floyd Mayweather Bout Agreement

The "King of Rio" is eyeing to face the biggest name in boxing following a victorious debut.

Aldo Win Boxing Match
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  • Jose Aldo put on an impressive performance in his pro boxing debut
  • The former UFC champion said a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. is being discussed already

Jose Aldo did not fail to deliver in his pro boxing debut as he dominated Alberto Emmanuel Zambrano at Shooto Boxing en route to a decision victory. The former UFC featherweight champion now wants a piece of boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.

A sensational performance

It wasn’t too hard to tell that Aldo was the rightful winner in the lopsided six-round bout against Zambrano. Right from the jump, the Brazilian displayed remarkable movement and more importantly, connected several combinations on his opponent. Aldo’s counter-punching was also remarkable but it was his consistent aggression that truly stood out.

In the fourth round, Zambrano managed to land a few good shots but that wasn’t enough to stop Aldo, who bounce back quick in the succeeding rounds. In the end, Aldo was declared the winner via a unanimous decision.

Jose wants the biggest name in boxing

While it was evident that Aldo’s pro boxing debut was a big success, the King of Rio is eyeing for something bigger. In fact, Aldo did not shy away from calling out the biggest name in boxing, Mayweather.

Aldo is already booked for his next boxing match as he is set to face his former UFC rival Jeremy Stephens at Gamebred Boxing 4 event on April 1. However, Aldo revealed that his team and Mayweather’s have already “agreed” on a fight.

“His side has already agreed, my side too,” Aldo said. “We’re now waiting for [the promoters] to get the deal done.”

It is yet to be determined if that will be an exhibition or not but regardless of what will be agreed on, Aldo said it’s gonna be a real fight for him.

“It might be exhibition on [Mayweather’s] side, but not for me,” Aldo added. “It’s punch to the face like always. He knows that.”


Aldo was the UFC’s first-ever featherweight champion and is widely regarded as arguably the greatest featherweight MMA fighter of all time. He lost his title to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 in 2015 and though he never reclaimed his title, Aldo spent the rest of his UFC career as one of the biggest draws in the promotion.

Shortly after his retirement from MMA, Aldo was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame and is now hoping to make great strides in boxing.

All quotes via MMA Fighting.

Published on February 11, 2023 at 10:39 am
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