Dibella willing to let Arum co-promote Sergio Martinez in order to get fights against Cotto and Margarito
By Dan Ambrose: Promoter Lou Dibella reportedly is willing to let Top Rank promoter Bob Arum co-promote WBC Diamond middleweight champion Sergio Martinez if it leads to Martinez getting fights against Arum’s money fighters Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao.
Thus far, Martinez and Dibella have had no luck in getting any of the three in the ring to fight Martinez, who is considered the best fighter in both the junior middleweight and middleweight divisions. Margarito and Cotto are both junior middleweights, but not considered anywhere near the same class as Martinez.
However, they have a larger following because they’ve been fighting in the U.S for quite some time, while Martinez has fought much of his career in his native Argentina. It’s only recently in the last couple of years that Martinez has started making a name for himself in the U.S.
In an article at examiner.com, Dibella said “Of course, I’d co-promote if it was in Sergio’s best interest. But Bob doesn’t like to do that, he wants to buy you out and I won’t have that.”
Martinez might be better off trying to get a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., a non-Top Rank fighter. Dibella said “Sergio is on record, saying he can get to 150 pounds for Mayweather, but there’s a pretty heavy risk involved for Floyd.”
The general consensus is Mayweather will likely be the one to end up fighting Martinez because Floyd likes challenges and he especially likes to take on fighters that are perceived to be the best fighter in a particular division. In Martinez’s case, he’s the best fighter in two divisions, which makes it even more attractive for Mayweather if he can beat him.
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