Sergio Martinez: I’d fight Pacquiao or Mayweather at 154 lbs
By Chris Williams: Sergio Martinez is willing to come down from 160 lbs to take on either Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr at a catch weight of 154 lbs, which I feel is more than fair catch weight limit. Martinez has taken some grief from boxing fans for picking out the two biggest names in boxing – Mayweather and Pacquiao – instead of looking at bigger guys at 168 to fight.
Martinez is already trying to get fights against the biggest names at middleweight with no luck. At 154, he’d like to fight Saul Alvarez but hasn’t had any nibbles for his offer to fight him. Who else is there but Mayweather and Pacquiao? Martinez says he’d fight Andre Ward or Arthur Abraham at a catch weight of 164, so perhaps this could be a fight in the future for Martinez once he defeats his next opponent Darren Barker on October 1st and perhaps Julio Cesar Chavez Jr after that if Chavez Jr ever agrees to fight him.
Martinez said this at eastsideboxing.com’s On the Ropes Boxing Radio: “Let’s [Mayweather or Pacquiao] do a catch weight or let’s fight at 154 pounds for a 154 pound title. Now fans are asking me to come up in weight. Well that would be crazy for me to go up to 168 pounds. Now if Arthur Abraham or Andre Ward want to meet me at a catch weight of 164 pounds and the money is right. I’d be willing to do that.”
Martinez can pretty much forget about ever getting a fight against Pacquiao. That isn’t going to happen. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum doesn’t want him fighting bigger fighters like Martinez, even though he’s actually smaller than Antonio Margarito, a fighter that was recently matched against Pacquiao. The thing is even if Martinez were to fight at the same weight as Pacquiao, it wouldn’t be fair because Martinez has one punch power. He’d be lighting Pacquiao up with straight left hands all night long for as long as it lasts, and the southpaw Pacquiao wouldn’t have any advantage in the fight because Martinez is a southpaw as well and very fast on his feet. He’s not slowing down, and it would be a fight where Pacquiao would have an excellent chance of being knocked out. As such, it won’t happen. Mayweather, though, has already made mention of maybe wanting to fight Martinez in the future. That’s the guy that Martinez needs to be talking about.