Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) once stepped above the 147-pound welterweight limit to capture a junior middleweight (154 lbs.) title that originally belonged to Sergio Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) before Martinez vacated it to move up to middleweight (160 lbs.).
Martinez has been requesting for a fight with Pacquiao for quite some time, saying he's willing to move back down to 154 lbs., yet Pacquiao insisted that he would only fight at a catchweight of 150 lbs.
Today, Martinez has agreed to said catchweight, despite expressing concern for his health in doing so.
In an interview with Carlos Irusta of the Boxing Scene, Martinez had this to say:
"I am willing to go down to the 150-pounds to face Manny Pacquiao. It does not depend only on me. We will see what happens, if his team and [Top Rank CEO] Bob Arum accept [the fight]. Because it's one thing is to fight Antonio Margarito at 150, and another thing to face me at 150," said Martinez during an interview with BoxingScene.com's Carlos Irusta.
"It would be below the junior middleweight limit of 154 lbs [69.850 kg.]. 150-pounds is 68 kilos. It's an incredible effort for my body. I walk around at 78 or 79 kilos, with a maximum of 3.2% body fat. I have very little body fat and I'm very muscular.To go down to that weight can be fatal for my health. But it can be done. With enough time, I think it's possible to do. What's better than saying, 'we'll fight you anywhere you want, the date you want and the weight you want.'
"He always said 150, and I respect his position, because he is a little fighter even at 150. But it's going to play to his advantage because I'll be almost ten kilos lighter in my body. "
My Two Cents
Pacquiao is currently almost universally rated No. 1 on most pound-for-pound lists, with Martinez following at No. 2 on some of the same lists.
If this fight were to happen, it would be a fight between two of boxing's current best, assuming Floyd Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) hasn't wedged his way back up pound-for-pound lists after his recent knockout victory over Victor Ortiz.
If Team Pacquiao feels negotiations for a mega-fight with Mayweather are not progressing as desired, they can put the heat on Mayweather by taking an interesting fight with Martinez.
The fight would be a significant risk to Pacquiao's camp and trump any maneuver Mayweather has made to upstage Pacquiao in recent years.
As the Argentinian told the Boxing Scene, Martinez risks becoming drained from such a heavy weight-cut, but if he can hydrate properly and reach a proper fight-weight for the night of the fight, he may still prove to be the most challenging fight of Pacquiao's career.