Sergio Martinez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.: 4 Fights for 'Maravilla' After Win
Sergio Martinez had one of the best fights of his career, defeating Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. via unanimous decision Saturday night, and now, the attention will turn to who will "Maravilla" fight next.
With quality opponents coming in a few different divisions, there are more than a few mega fights to be made for the newly-crowned WBC middleweight champ.
Here are the top four opponents that Martinez should face next after a brilliant display of boxing Saturday night.
1. Rematch with Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
After Sergio Martinez dominated much of the 12-round bout with Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., Martinez could opt for a rematch just on the last round of excitement alone.
Chavez, Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KOs) knocked Martinez down in Round 12 and appeared ready to steal Martinez's (50-2-2, 28 KOs) masterpiece of win away from him, but Martinez somehow weathered the storm and went on to win
A rematch would be a guaranteed success financially for everyone involved, and with talks of a possible rematch taking place at Cowboys Stadium in Texas (per eastsideboxing.com), the numbers at the gate could be as big as the sport has seen in sometime.
2. Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez
Just a couple of miles away from Sergio Martinez beating Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas,Nev., junior middleweight champion, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez won by TKO against the over-matched Josesito Lopez at the MGM Grand Saturday night.
If the two could agree on what weight to meet at, the mega-fight between the young, 22-year-old Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) and the 37-year-old Martinez would be huge for boxing.
Alvarez would be facing the best fighter of his young career, almost a bout to prove his worthiness in the sport. Martinez would be facing another young Mexican superstar, trying to prove that a fighter can put on their best performances at an older age.
3. Miguel Cotto
Miguel Cotto is another big name fighter available for Sergio Martinez and if he wants to make the most lucrative fights possible, he must put Cotto in the mix as his next matchup.
As Martinez goes further into his career, he will start to slow, being that he is 37 years old and making the most money now when he is hot would be a smart move for Martinez to set up the rest of his life.
Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs) has been in some big-money fights with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, so fighting Martinez would make sense to Cotto as well, as he seems to want to fight the best boxers available.
4. Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
A fight with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at 154 pounds is the most lucrative of the fights that Sergio Martinez could make.
Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) and his undefeated record are the target of most top fighters in Mayweather's weight, and outside a bout with Manny Pacquiao, Martinez-Mayweather is as big as it gets for boxing at this point.
Before Mayweather calls it a career, taking on either Martinez or Pacquiao—the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world besides himself—would help cement his place among boxing's all-time elite.
With the seemingly impossible odds that Pacquiao and Mayweather will meet in the ring, a fight with Martinez has a good chance to take place.