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This fight needs several chips to fall into place to make it happen, but man would I get fired up for this one! Martinez needs no introduction.
The recognized middleweight champion of the world has been crucifying his challengers of late. Martinez likes to lean in and goad his opponents, exposing his chin. He's quick enough to pull back, herky-jerky and fire off 1-2-3 combinations, taunting his guys to try to catch him.
He is by no means invulnerable, but he often makes it look like it. He has been so dominant, in fact, that it's reached the point where there aren't even any credible opponents in the division for him to fight.
So logically, the next step is to look up. Obviously, 168 lbs has massive unfinished business with the Super Six final yet to play out and many calling for Lucian Bute to get a shot at the winner.
I don't rule out Carl Froch beating Ward, and I wouldn't rule out Kelly Pavlik giving Bute a tough fight if that comes off as reported. But without making things too complicated, in my opinion, Andre Ward is the class of the division, and I think he keeps rolling no matter who they put in front of him.
Martinez is only an average-sized middleweight at best. He fought most of his career at 154 or lower. Ward has a definite size advantage which is a big edge for a guy who is very comfortable boxing on the outside. If the fight ever happens, it would likely be at a catch-weight. At 165, sounds like a good number to me.
Martinez has dreams of Mayweather and Pacquiao. Because he is so good, is physically much bigger than both and has no cache in terms of pay-per-view marketability; compared to them, those dreams are probably Quixotic at best.
We all love plodding brawlers who stand and trade in the noble tradition of Gatti and Ward. But there's nothing like watching two amazing athletes with fighter's mentalities going at it in the ring.
Two top 10 pound-for-pound guys. The undisputed middleweight champ against the undisputed super middleweight champ.