by David P. Greisman
HBO’s longtime unofficial ringside judge Harold Lederman caught up with BoxingScene.com on June 6, talking about what he thinks should be next for the winner of the June 7 middleweight championship fight between Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto — and also his quick thoughts on the July 26 middleweight title bout between Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Geale.
BoxingScene.com: I know you don’t predict fights that you’re working…
Lederman: “I try not to. If you’re judging the fight, you got to go in with a clean mind. You can’t be partial to one guy or the other.”
BoxingScene.com: Let me ask you this question instead, then. For the winner of Sergio Martinez vs. Miguel Cotto, where do you think each should go if he wins?
Lederman: “Miguel Cotto, certainly not above 160. If I were Miguel Cotto, I’d look for unification with Gennady Golovkin or Peter Quillin, no doubt about it. If he wins the ’60-pound title, let him stay at ’60. There’s a lot of good fights at middleweight.”
BoxingScene.com: What about a rematch with Mayweather for the middleweight championship?
Lederman: “That certainly is a possibility, if Floyd really wants to go fight at middleweight. You know, he fought Cotto in a junior middleweight fight. If he wants to fight a fight where there’s a 160-pound weight limit, I don’t know. But certainly there’s a lot of fights at middleweight for Cotto. Cotto-Golovkin, Cotto-Quillin would be two great fights.”
BoxingScene.com: I was thinking Cotto-Mayweather 2 because Mayweather’s tied with Pacquiao with four lineal titles. If he gets that middleweight championship, that makes 5, and that’s a record.
Lederman: “That certainly is a reason to move up to ’60, no doubt about it.”
BoxingScene.com: And what about for Sergio: Where would you want to see him go?
Lederman: “Sergio, again, I don’t think he’s capable of fighting at super middleweight. I just don’t think Sergio could fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. or Carl Froch. I think they’re too big. I just believe Sergio, with the movement and what not, he’s such a great middleweight, if he gets by Cotto, I would love to see him also stay at middleweight and do unification with Golovkin, should Golovkin get by Daniel Geale on July 26 on HBO‘World Championship Boxing.’ ”
BoxingScene.com: What do you think about Golovkin-Geale? That’s a good match-up.
Lederman: “Yeah, I like it. I like it very much. Daniel Geale, a tough guy, will be able to take the punch. Hopefully Golovkin will be Golovkin. He’s brutal. He walks right through you. It’s an interesting fight. It really is. Daniel Geale looked really good on HBO when he fought Darren Barker on HBO ‘Boxing After Dark.’ I think he’ll give Golovkin a fight. I’m glad they made the fight, because everyone seems to avoid Golovkin like the plague.
“But Gennady’s a great fighter. I’m looking forward to seeing him back, especially in Madison Square Garden upstairs. I’d love to see him pack the place. Hope he does.”
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