WBC middleweight champion, Sergio Martinez, recently revealed he might hang up his gloves when his current three-fight contract with HBO expires.
Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs) is currently set to defend his title against Martin Murray on April 27, and he’ll likely try to secure a rematch against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. later on in 2013.
That’ll leave Sergio Martinez with only one fight if he sticks to his plan, and his trainer, Pablo Sarmiento’s, top choice for his final opponent is boxing’s pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather (43-0-0, 26 KOs).
“The fight I want for Sergio is Mayweather,” Sarmiento said, per BoxingScene.com. “Right now I think that fight is still a possibility. But first comes Martin Murray in April, and then [in the fall] is a likely rematch with Chavez.”
Pablo’s comments aren’t that surprising, considering the fact Sergio has indicated a desire to face Mayweather multiple times in the past. However, there’s a significant weight disparity between the two.
Mayweather has been willing to fight as high as 154 pounds in the past, but he might not be willing to go that high against a dangerous opponent like Sergio Martinez. More than likely, Floyd will try to get Martinez to come down to at least 150 pounds, which will probably leave the Argentine drained come fight time.
Even if Mayweather agrees to fight Martinez at the light-middleweight limit, it isn’t exactly an easy cut for Martinez. “Maravilla” hasn’t competed in the 154-pound division in over three years, and the weight cut might still end up having a negative effect on his performance.
Mayweather vs. Martinez has been talked about some time, and it would be nice to see the two work something out. Martinez is clearly the biggest threat around to Mayweather’s legacy right now, and his size and strength advantage should help him deal with Mayweather’s superior technical skill.