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Martinez Wants Mayweather, Offers 80-20 Split; Fan’s Take
Not only did consensus middleweight kingpin Sergio Martinez make headlines with an exciting eleventh-round stoppage of Matthew Macklin Saturday night, but he also got his share of attention with yet another attempt to arrange a mega-fight with one of the sport’s two certified cash cows.
“We would fight Floyd [Mayweather] at 150…And we’ll give him 80% of the money,” Martinez’s promoter, Lou DiBella told Boxingscene. “Mayweather can have 80% of the money and we’ll fight him as low as 150. Let’s do the fight, after he beats up Cotto.”
The attempt to lure a major star into a big-money fight is nothing new for Martinez, who has made previous challenges to both Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. He has also made various efforts to shame and embarrass Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. into a battle for the WBC middleweight belt that used to be his. However, the 80-20 angle is something new for the Argentine stylist.
It doesn’t take a boxing genius to understand why Martinez and his promoter have been putting on a full-court press to lure a big name into the ring. At 37, Martinez doesn’t have a whole lot of career ahead of him and even 20% of a Mayweather fight would likely earn him three or four times what he’s been making for recent fights.
The offer to move down in weight would also allow him to keep his status as top middleweight even if Mayweather should beat him. Win, lose, or draw, Martinez would cash a big, fat paycheck and then move back to the critical acclaim he enjoys in the middleweight division.
For Mayweather, the bout would be a risky proposition, even if a dried-out Martinez at 150 lbs. wouldn’t likely be as effective as the 160-lb. version.
But, with Mayweather, lines are already forming to take 20% of a fight with him. Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez is probably at the front of the line of potential opponents with Robert Guerrero and Devon Alexander likely one impressive win away from big fight consideration.
A win over Martinez, however, would be a true legacy-definer and a somewhat fitting substitute for the Manny Pacquiao fight, which seems to be a dead deal at this point. Money-wise, a WBC junior middleweight title bout with Saul Alvarez would probably produce bigger numbers and offer him a token title belt. But a victory over the true lineal middleweight champ would be the type of achievement befitting Mayweather’s massive ego.
Martinez is surely hoping that Mayweather bites at this lure because there just aren’t many big-money fights awaiting him. Being an uncrowned people’s champ is great, but even lineal champs need to pay bills.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. He is also a contributor to Fox Sports. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing.
Bill Emes, DiBella: Mayweather Can Get 80-20 Split, 150 for Martinez, Boxingscene
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