Martinez: Mayweather, not Pacquiao, as next opponent
MANILA, Philippines — World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion Sergio Martinez declared he will most likely battle the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather, Jr., over Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao next.
"Manny Pacquiao is too small. It would be a mismatch. I don't believe that it will ever happen," Martinez said in a BoxingScene.com article.
Argentinean Martinez retained his WBC middleweight belt after knocking out American Paul Williams with an impressive second-round punch, on Saturday (Sunday, in Manila).
Rallying in a rematch, Martinez pounced Williams at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He now holds a 46-2-2 record, with 25 knockout (KO) wins.
The 35-year-old boxer sought to avenge his loss to Williams in their bout, December last year.
Instead of Pacquiao, 5' 10" Martinez then suggested he might rather find Mayweather a better prospect for his next opponent.
“Floyd Mayweather? Most likely, that would be a fight that we could make. He's a great fighter, and I would love to do it,” he said.
The 5-division champion Mayweather keeps a stunning 41-0 record, with 25 KO wins. He has even been eyed to battle Filipino boxer Pacquiao this year, until negotiations fell through twice.
Meanwhile, Martinez's manager Sampson Lewkowicz, added that Pacquiao might not stand a match to the “Maravilla.”
"Sergio would never fight Manny Pacquiao because (Martinez) would knock him out,” he said.
In The Ring magazine's pound-for-pound rankings, Martinez only stands 6th to top placer Pacquiao.
On the other hand, 5' 6 1/2" Pacquiao recently bagged his 8th world title after defeating 5'10" Antonio Margarito for the WBC super welterweight belt. He won via unanimous decision in their 12-round bout last November 13 (Nov. 14, in Manila) boosting his record to 52-3-2.