Sergio Martinez is out to prove that this image was a fluke.
After Sergio Martinez dismantled Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. last month, there were many who hoped his next fight would be against pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr.
But at least for now that fight is unlikely, with Team Martinez seemingly set on a rematch with Chavez Jr. and not a superfight with Mayweather.
"The fight with Mayweather is less viable than the rematch with Chavez. We will review our options, but for now there is nothing.....only possibilities," Martinez senior advisor Sampson Lewkowicz told Salvador Rodriguez and Rene Umanzor of BoxingScene.com.
Martinez won a unanimous 12-round decision over Chavez on September 15th to win the WBC middleweight championship. He was dominant for most of the fight but had to survive a brutal final-round knockdown that nearly shocked the world.
For many fight fans, the enduring image of the fight was not Martinez's dominance, but him on the mat and having to survive a hellacious assault from Chavez in the final seconds.
It is an image that he seems determined to correct.
"If there is any doubt, with people believing that Chavez could have knocked him out, he wants to demonstrate that he couldn't...that it was only his carelessness," Lewkowicz said.
Another possible reason for preferring Chavez could be simple convenience.
A fight with Chavez Jr. should be easy to make, and given Sergio's victory he will be in the driver's seat when it comes to negotiations.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a notoriously tough negotiator, and Martinez and his people just might not want to deal with that at this time. Not when they have a lucrative, if not as exciting, alternative in front of them.
Martinez hopes to stage his first defense, of his newly won title, next year in his native Argentina. There have even been some discussions of hosting his rematch with Chavez there, but this seems unlikely for a number of reasons.
Either way both Martinez, due to injury, and Chavez, due to a likely suspension related to a positive drug test, are probably on the shelf for at least the next several months