Sergio Martinez: 5 Fighters He Could Face Next After Dispatching Darren Barker

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Sergio Martinez: 5 Fighters He Could Face Next After Dispatching Darren Barker
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Pictured above is one Floyd "Money" Mayweather. What does he have to do with the next opponent of Sergio Martinez?

Sadly, probably nothing.

It's the fight I most want to see behind Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao. A fight that could be done at a catch-weight as low as 154.5 pounds to put the lineal middleweight championship of the world on the line. This could potentially be a crowning achievement for the history-conscious Mayweather and the opportunity of a lifetime for Martinez.

But I think the odds of it happening are about 1000-1. Also, I have no clue why Martinez already said he would drain all the way down to a stark 150 pounds to fight Mayweather or Pacquiao when his would-be rivals have yet to show the slightest interest in fighting him at any weight.

He's given up tremendous leverage and nobody is even at the table yet.

Lou DiBella, Martinez' promoter, has been unfairly maligned. It's not his fault that Martinez can't get a big fight. But if I were Lou, I would start to get creative. Offer options on future fights. Hell, if Mayweather ever gets in the ring with Martinez, DiBella should cut Floyd in on 50 percent of his future fights if Martinez hands him his first loss.

Mayweather is a businessman. Maybe he would strike a deal if Mayweather Promotions got some kind of piece of Martinez in the event of Mayweather losing. I think being the first man to beat Mayweather and gaining that kind of recognition would more than double Sergio's future career earnings.

Maybe I'm wrong, but either way, don't count on Martinez grabbing a mega-fight with the likes of Mayweather or Pacquiao anytime soon. And Martinez vs. Hopkins is not happening, either.

Let's look at some of the more realistic options for Martinez' next fight, shall we?

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