Forget Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao Needs To Fight Sergio Martinez

Tyler CurtisAnalyst INovember 21, 2010

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - NOVEMBER 20:  Sergio Martinez and Paul Williams exchange punches during their Middleweight Championship fight on November 20, 2010 at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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I have called fights wrong before but never like this. I had Williams winning this fight by a close decision and thought that he was the better fighter coming into the rematch with Sergio Martinez.

I was wrong on both accounts and very wrong thinking that Williams was the better fighter. Martinez came out looking to erase the loss from last December and did it via big, stunning second-round knockout.

It was so stunning because you rarely see a rematch between two world class fighters end in a massive knockout. If you missed it Williams was out before he hit the canvas and as he later said he got caught cold.

Martinez smashed the very reliable chin of Williams and left everyone wondering who is he going to fight next. That is a very good question and he is going to have a very hard time finding a legitimate fight.

He is an athletic fighter with quick hands, a good chin, and very deceiving power. He put the power on display tonight and if I was a middleweight contender I wouldn't be in any rush to share the ring with him.

He did say he would be able to make a 156-pound catch weight fight if he had to. This pretty clearly was telling Manny Pacquiao that if he wants him he is ready to go. With reports coming out that Pacquiao is going to fight Mosley that seems highly unlikely.

That is now the best fight in boxing at this moment. Forget Floyd Mayweather Jr. Martinez is the fighter that everyone should want to see fighting Pacquiao. He showed he has power, speed and he is going to get in the ring with Pacquiao if given the chance.

The question here is does Pacquiao want Martinez? It is a bad matchup for Pacuqiao because Martinez is a big, slick, fast, powerful fighter that can out speed Pacquiao and is just as athletic as Pacquiao.

He is also one of the best offensive fighters in the game but his defense isn't great and he can be hit. If the fight was to be made I would favor Pacquiao but only by the slimmest of margins.

Mayweather is an option but he has more out of the ring troubles to deal with. His other options are pretty terrible at the moment especially at middleweight.

I can't think of one middleweight off the top of my head that I would want to see him fight. He would be the better fighter by leaps and bounds in any fight with a middleweight contender.

He has entered the realm of super fights and honestly I don't see anyone getting near him. One fight that would be intriguing is a rematch with Antonio Margarito who knocked him out back in 2000 when he was 16-0-1.

It would be a shot at revenge and Margarito is a hot name at the moment after his game effort against Pacquiao. If Pacquiao doesn't answer the call I would really like to see Margarito get the fight because it would have some intrigue at least.

It would also be a good chance for Margarito to prolong his moment in the spotlight and he would probably take the fight. On the flip side where does Williams go from here?

He got caught cold and is still a very good fighter. He will probably take a tune-up fight and then he will be back in the title hunt very soon. Williams is a classy guy and I hope to see him in the ring again fighting some meaningful fights.

Martinez delivered the knockout and stunning outcome of the year tonight. Hopefully he will get a chance to stun us again against Pacquiao.

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