Nicholas Samuliov of Notifight.com (via BoxingScene.com) has some quotes from reigning middleweight world champion Sergio Martinez regarding potential big fights with Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr, and "Maravilla" believes only one of the two could happen:
Regarding Pacquiao - "He said he wanted to fight me at 150 pounds. I accepted. When I reached the conclusion that I could make that weight, I accepted. And now he says he wants it at 147 pounds. I've not made that weight in twelve years. I don't think I can make even if I cut off both legs. It is physically impossible. Pacquiao is completely ruled out."
Regarding Mayweather - "With Mayweather it's possible. We're going to make a proposal and carry it forward. It would take place at 150 or 151 pounds. That would be the agreed weight. Mayweather is a possibility and that's quite solid and concrete. You do not need a title for us to fight. But anything is possible."
Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KO) is 36 years old and doesn't have a lot of big-money options at 160 pounds, or even at 154. He also mentions that he no longer expects that he'll ever be matched with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (arguably the biggest money fighter at 160) and has taken the DiBella company line regarding Dmitry Pirog. I will note that it's somewhat hilarious to say that Pirog "needs to make something of himself" when Martinez's last two fights have been with Sergiy Dzinziruk and Darren Barker. Give me a break.
Does anyone figure that Mayweather vs Martinez could actually happen? Do you think Floyd is going to be willing to take that fight?