The Ring and WBC Diamond middleweight champion Sergio Martinez adamantly expressed his desire yesterday to fight either WBO world welterweight titlist Manny Pacquiao or pound-for-pound king “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather.
Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs), the 2010 “Fighter of the Year” who is currently ranked by Ring Magazine as the third preeminent pound-for-pound pugilist in the world, predicted a match against Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) would go the distance.
In stark contrast to “Pretty Boy,” Martinez stated he would quickly render Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) unconscious.
“I want to show that I am the pound-for pound best in the world and in order to do that I have to fight Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao,” said Martinez, 37, an Argentinean who also dabbled professionally as a cyclist and soccer player and only began boxing at the late age of 20.
“Mayweather would be a better fight I think because he is physically bigger than Pacquiao and can carry the 154 pounds better than Pacquiao. With Mayweather, I think this would be the most difficult fight of my career and I see it going the distance and being judged on points, but together we would put on a good show. I would beat (Pacquiao) by knockout.”
Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), who fought at 150 pounds on Cinco de Mayo when he defeated powerful Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision to gain the WBA world light-welterweight belt, indeed “can carry the 154 pounds better than Pacquiao.”
Conversely, “Pac-Man,” the first pugilist to win 10 world crowns in eight different weight classes who was named the “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA, has never thrown fists above 150 pounds.
Pacquiao, who hasn’t entered the ring since winning an extremely controversial majority decision over Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) in their third match last November in “Sin City,” will clash with WBO light welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley on June 9 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Marquez today is not the fighter he was five years ago. I just need one chance, one fight against either one of them (Pacquiao or Mayweather),” said Martinez, who is actively involved in domestic violence and anti-bullying causes. ‘To be considered the best pound for pound I just need this little push, a great fight with one of the two. I feel as if I have achieved nothing yet in boxing. Nothing. If I quit tomorrow people would forget about me. I would even forget about myself.”
Roger “Pitt” Perron is a famed boxing trainer from Brockton who worked as an assistant in International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler’s corner in the 1980s.
Although Perron greatly admires Martinez, he does not believe the Argentinean could trump either Pacquiao or Mayweather.
“Sergio is a great, great fighter,” said Perron. “The only fighter’s he couldn’t beat are Manny and Floyd.”
The 33-year-old Manny Pacquiao possesses superior hand-speed, accuracy and punching power and his footwork is unrivaled.
Floyd Mayweather, 35, named The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007, is an utter defensive wizard and one of the preeminent boxers to step into the squared circle.
Despite their amazing accolades and skills, neither Pacquiao nor Mayweather could physically overcome the brawny Sergio Martinez.
“Sergio is a great, great fighter” and it is unfair, inaccurate, and flatly ridiculous to say he’s “achieved nothing yet in boxing. Nothing.”by