WBC middleweight champ, Sergio Martinez, is riding high after his September 15th unanimous decision victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in Las Vegas.
After defeating the fighter he had been chasing for the better part of two years, Martinez would now like to be on to bigger and better things. While not discounting the possibility of a rematch with Chavez Jr., the Argentine southpaw now has his eyes set on boxing's two biggest prizes-- Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
Although he's pretty much given up on ever tempting Pacquiao into a bout, Martinez is still focusing on Mayweather and the possibility of a huge mega-bout with the controversial 5-division world champ and pound for pound top dog.
"He is certainly the best, Martinez recently told Boxingscene. "But this does not mean that I won't win if I confront him. I want that fight more than anything else."
On a television show in Argentina, Martinez also called out Mayweather, telling his fans and followers that he would "break Mayweather's bones" just like he did to Chavez Jr. and that he'd be hunting "Money" down for a fight in 2013.
Of course, it should be pointed out that Mayweather is really just a welterweight who was barely able to gain enough weight to make the junior middleweight limit for his WBA title bout with Miguel Cotto last May. And Pacquiao, if we want to go there, has never made the junior middleweight limit, even when being allowed to challenge Antonio Margarito for the vacant WBC title in 2010. Meanwhile, Martinez is a full-fledged middleweight, two full weight classes above either Mayweather's or Pacquiao's best weight.
It's understandable that Martinez would want to look for the biggest fights for the most money, but at some point reality has to set in.
For either of these bouts to happen, Martinez would have to drop at least six pounds while Mayweather and Pacquiao would have to agree to move up to full junior middleweight status. At 37 years of age, dropping so much weight could have a real negative effect on his ability to perform and it's a sure thing that neither Mayweather nor Pacquiao would be willing to offer him a favorable catchweight arrangement.
There's plenty of solid opposition for Martinez at middleweight with a Chavez Jr. rematch and a possible world title unification with WBA/IBF champ, Daniel Geale topping the list of quality middleweight clashes. There are also plenty of good junior middleweights who could move up to answer a call. And, if Martinez really wants to challenge himself, he could always move up to super middleweight for a pound for pound clash with WBC/WBA champ, Andre Ward.
So, with plenty of quality and realistic opposition out there, Martinez should stop chasing dollar signs and start thinking of other reasonable big ticket bouts.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and The BoxingTribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing.
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