Currently ranked as the third best boxer in the world right now, Sergio Martinez might just end up having some pretty big fights later on this year. Martinez is currently scheduled to face the winner of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Andy Lee June 16 showdown – as long as both parties can agree to terms, including Olympic style drug testing – and he might just end up getting a shot at WBC welterweight champion, Floyd Mayweather, later on in the year.
“What a tough question. Sincerely I am only thinking of Chavez now but Mayweather is the toughest fight out there,” Martinez said when asked about a potential fight against Mayweather. “I really want the challenge. Mayweather is the toughest fight I can have. I want to fight other champs too but no one wants to fight me. … The perfect dream scenario for me is to fight Chavez in September and then Mayweather after.”
Martinez didn’t exactly put on the most impressive performance of his career in his last outing against Matthew Macklin. But he did eventually find a way to get the job done, stopping Macklin at the end of the 11th round. He certainly matches up nicely with Chavez, and I personally hope the fight between the two takes place as planned.
However, Chavez has been accused of ducking Martinez in the past, and it’s pretty hard to tell if he really wants the fight. His decision to balk at Martinez’ request for OSDT certainly raised a few brows, and he just might end up using that as an excuse to avoid the fight.
Like many boxing fans, Martinez is keeping his fingers crossed, which is understandable given the history between the two.
“Until I see Julio Cesar Chavez in the ring with the gloves on and the bell sounds I won’t believe it,” Martinez added.
While we probably won’t get to see a Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao mega-fight this year, 2012 is still on course to have some very entertaining boxing matches. Once again, it comes down to fighters being willing to step up to the plate and challenge themselves with tough fights against dangerous opponents.