Sergio Martinez Presses Forward

By By Francis Walker BASN Boxing writer
Updated: April 12, 2012

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Sergio the Great!!

Sergio the Great!!

NEW YORK, NY (BASN)—I’m going to make this real quick and simple… Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, Manny Pacquaio, and even Julio Cesar Chavez,Jr. all better hope that Sergio Martinez find a way to fall off a cliff real soon.

‘Maravilla, The Wonderful,’ Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez (49-2-2, 29 KOs) is arguably the best middleweight in the world. That speaks volumes considering the talent surrounding the 160-pound weight division that include Chavez, Jr., Felix Sturm, and even Daniel Geale.

Martinez continues to perform well on the highest level of the sport. In his previous bout, Martinez was strategically placed in a very difficult spot by his own promoter Lou DiBella. Martinez, an HBO favorite, was positioned as an underdog against Matthew Macklin. Martinez had to fight Macklin, an Irish fighter in front of an all-Irish, sellout crowd at the Theater of Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick’s Day in New York.

Macklin, a young, strong, and dangerous puncher was looking to rearrange Martinez’ face and even scored an early knockdown. However, in the end, Sergio Martinez, as he routinely does, turned up the heat late in the fight and found a way to win another fight by late-round stoppage.

Martinez’ showing against Macklin was almost reminiscent of one of my Machine Touchdown Receptions whenever I play football. Anything close to a Machine Touchdown Reception is simply amazing. Sergio Martinez, a 37 year-old southpaw from Buenos Aires, Argentina, is an amazing fighter and deserves to be an HBO fighter. But he deserves a big fight. It’s up to DiBella and HBO to position Martinez as the No. 1 fighter that the people want to see. It’s up to the media and public demand to pressure the promoters and the networks into making the best possible fight for Martinez.

Although Martinez has a deal in principle to fight the winner of the juicy June 23, encounter between Chavez, Jr., the WBC middleweight champion, and Andy Lee in El Paso, TX, I don’t believe Martinez is going to fight Chavez. I believe Chavez, Jr. and his handlers will find a way out of fighting Martinez the same way they’ve done during the past year.

In the event Martinez soundly defeats either Chavez or Lee the way he beat Macklin, Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams, Darrin Barker, and Dimitry Dzinzirik in recent bouts, the public must demand that Sergio Martinez compete in a mega-fight against either Mayweather, Pacquiao, or even Cotto.

Either of those scenarios are difficult because, Golden Boy Promotions have a ton of opponents to keep Mayweather as far away from Martinez as necessary. I truly believe should Mayweather defeat Cotto on May 5, (as expected), ‘Money’ will be looking toward a big fight with WBC super welterweight champion, Saul Alvarez.

Bob Arum of Top Rank will find a way to continue to match Pacquaio against smaller guys moving up in weight from 140 like Timothy Bradley. Manny, who has to eat a lot to maintain his weight, barely makes 147 and has been viewed by Martinez himself as ‘too small.’

Martinez has long expressed a desire to fight Miguel Cotto, who will continue to avoid a fight with Miguel Cotto won’t sign to fight Sergio Martinez. The two have had a war of words in the pat, but that’s about it.

Mayweather-Martinez. That fight is a challenge for both men.

Perhaps Mayweather wins. Maybe Martinez has the answer to unlock the mystery that is Floyd Mayweather. All I know is that you have the most dominant middleweight in world against the best the world has seen. The older man in Martinez is willing to drop to 154 to fight Floyd, at a catch weight.

Mayweather, as he gets older, is sitting down on his punches more and the results have been explosive (Victor Ortiz – KO 4). Martinez-Mayweather is a contrast of styles that should favor the younger, fresher man, but it is an intriguing fight either man is capable of winning.

It sounds like I’m counting my chickens before they hatch.

Boxing is different from any other worldly, commercialized sport. What it boils down to is simple common knowledge. Just who is the better fighter in their current form?

Mayweather will beat Cotto on May 5th. I see Cotto attempting to pressure Mayweather early and there will be some anxious moments. Miguel can box and punches in combination’s. However, as the fight progresses, I see Mayweather out-jabbing and out-working Cotto. I don’t think Cotto can box with Floyd for twelve rounds without going to the body. If Mayweather goes to Cotto’s body consistently and boxes the way he’s accustomed, he might stop Miguel.

Chavez, Jr. continues to progress as a fighter. Chavez will engage Lee in an exciting war. Lee can punch hard, but I think Chavez has better combinations and conditioning. Having been trained by Freddie Roach, Chavez, Jr. will be well-conditioned and ready. Lee is not a walkover and I expect him to come close and challenge Chavez, Jr. In the end, however, Chavez, Jr. should win.

I’m excited about the possibility of Martinez FINALLY getting Chavez, Jr. in the ring. That is an intriguing fight between a 37 year-old, dominant middleweight against upcoming, young, and undefeated world champion.

Chavez, Jr.’s father was a legend and this kid is on pace to having an amazing career.

Should Martinez beat Chavez, Jr., providing Floyd and Manny are still standing, the public will pressure matchmakers to put Martinez in a mega-fight.