On Saturday night, Sergio Martinez impressively defeated Sergiy Dzinziruk sending Sergiy to the first loss of his career. After the fight, Martinez called out Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr “I want Mayweather, I want Pacquiao. I want them in front of me”. Sergio is looking for the biggest fights and the best competition. The 2010 Fighter of the Year, is begging for Boxing’s top two draws to accept his challenge. Unfortunately, when asked in the post-fight press conference, Martinez said he would only be able to drop down to 154 to fight either Floyd Jr or Manny.
When Pacquiao fought Antonio Margarito for the 154 pound title last November, they had to fight at a catch weight of 150. For Margarito it was easier for him to get down in weight as he used to fight at the welterweight limit of 147. However, Pacquiao only came in at 144 1/2 pounds for their fight and was clearly undersized to the bigger Margarito. Antonio had a 5 inch height advantage, 6 inch reach advantage, and at least 15-20 pounds heavier come fight night.
In fact, the heaviest Manny ever weighed for a fight was 145 3/4 pounds when he fought Joshua Clottey in March, 2010. Pacquiao is too small to even get up to 150 for a catch weight with Sergio who would be hard pressed to even drop below 154. Martinez is 4-5 inches taller than Manny and has a reach advantage of 9 inches.
Floyd Mayweather Jr is a bigger fighter than Manny Pacquiao and jumped up to the junior middleweight division to fight Oscar De La Hoya in 2007. The fight set all PPV records and proved that Floyd Jr could be successful at the higher weight. Realistically, Floyd Jr has the best chance of meeting Sergio Martinez at 154. As Floyd would only be about 2 inches shorter and about 3-4 for inches less in reach. Additionally, Sergio has no problems meeting Floyd Jr’s drug testing demands. However, with Martinez’s recent success, the split of a fight purse could become a point of contention.
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Sergio Martinez throws down the gauntlet for Manny Pacquiao in 2011