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Sergio Martinez: "Floyd Needs to Fight Me If He Wants to Be in That P4p List"

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - NOVEMBER 20:  Sergio Martinez celebrates after knocking out Paul Williams in the second round of 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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edgar solorzanoContributor IIIMay 11, 2011

Just a few days ago I caught up with the current Ring World Middleweight Champion and number two pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KO's).

Martinez, 36, is an exciting Argentine fighter with great footwork and dangerous punching power.

He has the same explosive left hook of the great Rocky Marciano and the stamina of an Arabian horse.

Sergio Martinez is coming off two energetic knockouts that earned him enough respect to climb up in the pound-for-pound list as the number two best boxer in the world.

Although Martinez accomplished a lot in the year 2010; he is not satisfied yet. This motivated Argentine warrior told me that he won't be satisfied till he becomes the pound-for-pound king.

I asked him a few questions about his next fight and becoming pound-for-pound king one day and he stressed, " Floyd Mayweather needs to fight me if he wants to try to be in that pound-for-pound list...the majority of his opponents have been hand-picked and its noticeable too."

When asking Martinez about his next fight; he stated, "My next fight is going to be on October 1st against the winner of Chavez Jr.-Zbik.

"Mauricio and Jose Sulaiman promised me that he would make that fight happen and I hope everything goes well and he makes it happen..."

Sergio Martinez feels like no one wants to fight him.

I asked him if he feels like he has to fight Pacquiao or Mayweather in order to become pound-for-pound king one day.

Martinez took a second and said, "No, I don't feel like that's the only way to become No. 1. If Pacquiao keeps fighting fighters that are almost retired, and Mayweather still doesn't get in the ring; then maybe if I keep fighting great fights with good quality boxers I'll be No. 1 day."

Although there have been a lot of rumors of Martinez wanting to fight Manny Pacquiao, he truly wants to get a fight with Floyd Mayweather.

Sergio stated that if Pacquiao wants to move up to 154-pounds then he'll gladly go down to 154-pounds to make it happen; but he can't go lower than that.

This is one of the reasons why a Martinez-Pacquiao fight won't happen. Since the eight-division world champ fought Margarito at a catchweight of 151 pounds and stayed at 147 pounds to keep his speed. I don't see Freddie Roach or Bob Arum signing a fight contract at 154 pounds.

However, if Sergio Martinez fights Floyd Mayweather, Floyd wouldn't have a problem making 154-pounds. He did it against Oscar De La Hoya and looked sharper than a sword.

If the undefeated, untested Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. wins his fight on June 4th, he may end up stepping in the ring with one of the most athletic bulls in the game on October 1st.

Chavez Jr. may have a lot of critics but he is not scared of anyone. When I asked him about what he thought about the winner of his fight facing Sergio Martinez. He didn't even take a milli-second to reply and said, "Let's do it, if everything goes well, after Zbik I want tot fight the best."

 

Here's the interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17HnesVk3wk

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