Boxing, though, doesn't hold a high enough spot on the pecking order, so champions fighters aren't usually summoned to meet the Commander-in-Chief. Manny Pacquiao, a Filipino congressman as well as a champion fighter, made a trip to see President Obama last year, but he is the distinct rarity of fighters in getting a personal meeting with a head of state.
During that call, Fernandez invited Martinez for a coffee and a chat, according to an Argentinian web site. Martinez made the visit with Fernandez on Tuesday.
He became the latest boxer to meet a head of state. Brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, who combined hold all four heavyweight titles, have met President Clinton when he was in office as well as the heads of state of Russia, Germany, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Chechnya.
With boxers such as Klitschko and Pacquiao delving into politics, such meetings will become more common.
No boxer has met more significant historical figures than Muhammad Ali, who was greeted by presidents, prime ministers, kings, queens, popes and rulers of all sorts from around the world.
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