Sergio Martinez Isn’t Convinced Canelo Wants to Fight Him

Sergio Martinez looked awesome during his Sept. 15 outing against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., outclassing the then undefeated Mexican fighter on his way to the unanimous decision.

Martinez would love to build off that win with another fight against a big-name opponent, and he wouldn’t mind fighting Saul “Canelo” Alvarez early next year. However, Martinez doesn’t think Alvarez wants any part of him, and he wouldn’t be surprised if the red-headed Mexican ends up settling for an easier fight.

“Canelo has better and safer offers,” Sergio Martinez said about a potential fight between the two. “After what happened to [Chavez] Junior, logic would tell me that he’ll fight Cotto [because] there is less risk and more money.”

Canelo defeated “Sugar” Shane Mosley earlier in the year, and he followed it up with a dominant performance against Josesito Lopez. The 22 year-old is feeling confident right now, and he’s made it clear that he’s on the hunt for a big-name opponent.

Cotto is currently set to face undefeated Austin Trout for the WBA world light middleweight title on Dec. 1, and he seems like the most logical selection for Canelo’s next outing. However, Cotto getting past Trout is far from guaranteed.

A fight against Cotto certainly makes more sense for Canelo, considering the fact “Junito” is a bigger draw than Sergio Martinez. Cotto earned a lot of new fans with his gutsy performance against Floyd Mayweather, and he’ll earn many more if he emerges victorious against Trout.

The Mexican vs. Puerto Rican rivalry in boxing is as strong as any, making a Cotto vs. Alvarez bout a guaranteed success.

Unlike many other elite fighters, Martinez isn’t a huge draw — even though he’s arguably the third best boxer in the world right now. He’s bigger and more skilled than Cotto is, and there’s a decent chance he’ll bring Canelo’s undefeated streak to an end if the two meet inside the ring anytime soon.

Sources:

Jose Luis Camarillo, “Sergio Martinez Expects Canelo To Pick Miguel Cotto

David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.

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