It looks like Floyd Mayweather has found his next opponent. Following his last professional fight against Conor McGregor in 2017, Mayweather has not had a competitive fight. He has sparred with the likes of YouTuber-turned-boxers Logan Paul and Deji.
The former boxing champ also took on fighters like Tenshin Nasukawa and Mikuru Asakura in exhibition bouts. It Seems like Mayweather is going to continue his exhibition contests, as he is in talks to fight Jose Aldo next. Aldo was already interested in making his boxing debut after retiring from MMA.
Aldo is already booked to fight a fellow UFC veteran, Jeremy Stephens, on April 1. Floyd, on the other hand, is scheduled to take on Aaron Chalmers on February 25 inside the O2 Arena in London. So the bout between him and the former UFC featherweight champion will be after April. The news was first reported by Full Violence. They have cited Jose’s coach Andre Pederneiras as their source.
However, the report does not provide a specific timeline as to when the fight may take place. Regardless of when it happens, it has excited the fans immensely. While Mayweather is regarded as perhaps the best defensive boxer of all time, Aldo is the complete opposite of that.
Aldo’s blood and guts style made him a fan favorite. Hence the bout will no doubt give fans a chance to see two huge superstars going at it at the fag end of their respective careers.
Floyd Mayweather vs Jose Aldo: Record, age, height, and reach difference
Floyd Mayweather’s pro boxing career record stands at 50-0. Jose Aldo, on the other hand, ended his career with 31-8. His last fight was against Merab Dvalishvili at UFC 278. However, the fight did not live up to the expectations and Aldo ended up retiring. The UFC will also honor the former featherweight champ with a Hall of Fame spot.
As per BoxRec, Floyd stands at 5’8 and has a reach of 72 inches. He made his pro debut at 131lbs and for his last pro fight, Mayweather weighed in at 149 and a half. However, for the exhibition bout against Logan Paul, Floyd came in at 155 lbs. His potential opponent, Jose Aldo, has mostly fought at featherweight (145 lbs) and bantamweight (135 lbs).
As per UFC Stats, “The King of Rio” stands at 5’7 and has a 70-inch reach advantage. Hence, Floyd Mayweather will have the advantage in terms of height and reach. Not just that, Floyd has been boxing for a long time. And, by the time this fight happens, Jose Aldo will have only 1 boxing match under his belt.
So it seems like a foregone conclusion that Floyd will win. But Aldo’s power may cause Floyd some problems too. However, as UFC fans know, Floyd’s rival Conor McGregor took only 13 seconds to KO Aldo. So it will interesting to see if Mayweather can replicate something like that or not.
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