Sergio Martinez may be the champ, but he certainly is not a cash king. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
After his lackluster performance against Matthew Macklin, it seems like Sergio Martinez is back to chasing big money fights. Even though Sergio is the mandatory challenger for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, it seems that everyone involved knows that this fight will never happen. Since Sergio Martinez is being thoroughly avoided by the top-grossing stars at both junior middleweight and middleweight, namely Saul Alvarez, Miguel Cotto, and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, he needs to go to the stacked welterweight division to get a big name opponent. In an interview with Jhonny Gonzalez, Martinez ponders whether he could get a fight with Floyd since he is already fighting at the junior middleweight limit.
"[A fight with Mayweather is] not far from reality. Right now Floyd is fighting at 154 pounds against [Miguel] Cotto [on May 5th] and I can easily drop down from middleweight and measure myself [at 154-pounds] against Mayweather, and that would be something special for me...a dream fight," Martinez said. "A fight against Pacquiao is not in my plans because the Filipino only gets up to 145-pounds and I can not lose that much weight from 160."
I'm not sure how serious Martinez is about a fight with Floyd. In the first sentence he says it's not far from reality but then he later says that it would be a dream fight. These statements are slightly contradictory, at least in my brain. I hope that Martinez is not going to end up like Robert Guerrero, where he simply calls out anyone that will potentially be a big fight in the hopes that he can eventually land one.
Of course, posters on this site and boxing fans in general always mention that Sergio should move up in weight to the super middleweight division, where there would be a good number of potential matchups. Martinez is not a big middleweight, if he tried to move up in weight, he would be giving up a ton of weight to his opponent.
I really empathize with Martinez because he is in a tough situation right now. He isn't getting any younger and only has a limited amount of time to cash in on his abilities. Yet, all of the potentially big paydays are actively avoiding him. Which fighter would realistically provide a good matchup and a decent payday for Sergio Martinez?