With the possibility of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao meeting at any point in May getting less and less likely with each passing day, the two fighters have had rumored fallback fights, to which Money May's is far more impressive.
Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) is the next best opponent for both Mayweather of Pacquiao to land if the two don't meet each other in the ring in May.
The fact that Money May is looking to fight the next best opponent in Martinez, as opposed to Pacquiao opting for yet another rematch with a fighter he has already disposed of—Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) in this case—really shows which fighter is looking to take his legacy to the next level.
Pacquiao seems to be content fighting fighters he has already beaten—at least in the judges' eyes—and is not giving the fight fans anything new to look forward to.
Pacquiao will start to lose some viewership if he keeps fighting rematches, as even though certain fighters Pacquiao has faced have looked better lately, it is still a fight we have all seen before.
In Mayweather's case as of late, he is taking on up-and-comers. Now if he faces Martinez, a solid top-five pound-for-pound great.
Mayweather is proving his haters wrong, as he is looking to take on the best caliber fighters that will step into the ring with him, and will be the better draw between himself and Pacquiao in their next fights.
I want to see Pacquiao and Mayweather go toe-to-toe in the ring as much as anyone, but if that doesn't happen I will still look forward to a Mayweather-Martinez bout, with not even close to the same amount of excitement for another edition of Pacquiao vs. Cotto.