For years, boxing fans have contemplated the idea of a Floyd Mayweather (43-0-0, 26 knockouts) vs. Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 knockouts) fight, but “Money’s” father doesn’t seem too keen on the idea.
Mayweather Sr. spoke candidly about the subject during a recent interview with Dennis Guillermo.
“I’m not saying my son can’t whup him, because I’ve seen my son box big cruiserweights before in the gym, but when you got to put smaller gloves and stuff, you know, I don’t think it’s a good idea,” Floyd Mayweather Sr. said. “He’s [Floyd Jr.] still fighting outside his weight class by fighting at 47 [welterweight], because really, Floyd can make 140. So really, to be honest, he shouldn’t fight anybody much bigger than that. He doesn’t need to fight Jr. middleweights … I don’t think he should just be fighting guys, just because. … It’s not safe. He’s done enough already. There ain’t nothing he’s got to prove.”
A Floyd Mayweather vs. Sergio Martinez is an intriguing matchup, considering the fact they’re two of the pound-for-pound best boxers around right now. Both are technically sharp fighters, which should lead to a very entertaining chess match if they ever meet inside the ring.
With Martinez’ brilliant performance against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Sept. 15, the timing couldn’t be any better for a fight between the two.
However, Mayweather Sr. certainly makes a valid point, as Jr. would be giving up a considerable size advantage in a potential fight against Martinez. For the past few years, a majority of Floyd’s fights have been in the welterweight division, and he’s usually the smaller man inside the ring at fight time. He showed a lot of heart by agreeing to fight Miguel Cotto at 154-pounds, but taking on the best 160-pounder in the world is a completely different story.
I’m my opinion, Mayweather’s technique is better than Martinez’, but the significant size difference could turn things in the Argentine’s favor. However, I still like the idea of a matchup between the two, as long as Sergio Martinez is willing to drop down to 154-pounds or less.
Dennis Guillermo, “Mayweather Sr. Not in Favor of Martinez-Floyd Jr. Clash”
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