Martinez's Adviser: Mayweather-Pacquiao Won't Happen

by Chris Robinson

It seems like late 2009 all over again as some interest is again being stirred in a possible fight between the world’s two best fighters, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather, through his advisor Leonard Ellerbe, let it be known yesterday that he is eyeing a May 5th return to the ring and that he is looking to make the biggest fight possible, which would be a date with Pacquiao.

Nearly everyone looks at Pacquiao-Mayweather as the number one fight in the sport but that’s not the case if you ask Sampson Lewkowicz, adviser to lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez. Lewkowicz’s loyalty to his fighter shines through whenever he has a chance to speak and he has made it known that Martinez, a former junior middleweight champion, would be willing to meet either Pacquiao or Mayweather at an agreed-upon catch-weight.
I reached out to the Uruguayan-born Lewkowicz earlier tonight to get his take on everything surrounding Mayweather’s ring return, such as his thoughts on why a fight with Martinez would serve as the bigger fight, the disdain Mayweather has towards Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, why he feels Pacquiao-Mayweather will never happen, and more.

Continue reading for all of Lewkowicz’s thoughts…

Floyd Mayweather returning to pursue the biggest fight possible…
“Well, it’s very nice that he wants the biggest fight, but the biggest fight, by far, is Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez. Because he will make much more money for Martinez than with Pacquiao. If you read between the lines he wants the biggest fight, which means the biggest purse that he can have. The biggest purse would be Martinez, not Pacquiao.”
A different split…
“Example, he will sell two-million plus no matter who he’s fighting, if it’s Martinez or Pacquiao. So if it’s two-million buyers either it’s 50/50 or maybe even more for Pacquiao. If it’s with Martinez, it would be a different story. It would be less for Martinez, more for Mayweather, and he makes definitely much more than he would with Pacquiao. It would be a different split.”
Mayweather’s dislike of Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum…
“The whole situation with Pacquiao, there’s too much ego between each other and Mayweather dislikes, very much, the promoter of Pacquiao and probably doesn’t want to give a dollar to him. Because when you give to Pacquiao, you give to the promoter.”
The devil and the angel…
“On the other hand you have the devil and you have the angel. Mayweather is the devil and Martinez is an angel. And that will sell the tickets. It will sell the pay-per-view and it will sell out the stadium. Because, whoever is with Mayweather, will either love him or will hate him. And those who love him want to see him as the winner and those who hate him want to see him get beat. And if there’s anyone who could be a competitive fight for Mayweather, it would be Martinez.”
Why Pacquiao-Mayweather will never happen…
“My thoughts is that it will never happen because the ego of each one is too big. And it’s just like Pacquiao saying he will fight Martinez at 150. When Martinez says ‘I will fight at 150’, now he wants to see him do 147. It will never happen. If he agrees on the test, he will want 51% against 49% and it will not be acceptable to Mayweather. By the way, whoever said that Mayweather doesn’t sell pay-per-view, is totally wrong. He can sell.”
Mayweather’s team…
“Mayweather himself, he will fight anyone, regardless of who, because he is a real warrior. However, he has people who makes his decisions, he has a team. And I can assure you it will never happen because he will never be how he is, like in this case with Martinez.”
Why he and Martinez won’t be ringside for Pacquiao-Marquez III…
“We decided not to go. Because it doesn’t mean that he will fight us anyways, and we don’t want to feel like we are begging for something. And Martinez can secure his next fight in March and if he doesn’t fight in March, who knows, maybe in May in a big one.”

[Reader's note: Visit the following slideshows for images from the boxing world... The Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez TimelineBehind the scenes at the Mayweather-Ortiz 'Star Power' event ]

Chris Robinson is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. He can be reached at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeadUppercut on 11-05-2011

[QUOTE=IMDAZED;11371865]Agreed. Bad business decision by Marquez and Beristain who was his manager at the time or something. I forget. Marquez could've fought Hamed too, if I remember correctly. As great as he is, I still rank him a notch below…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 11-05-2011

[QUOTE=jrosales13;11371842]Pac waited 4 years to rematch JMM? Umm...No...It was the other way around. Pac offered an immediate rematch and it was JMM who said thanks but no thanks and took his talents to Indonesia waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy less money. Lets not re-write…

Comment by esconore on 11-05-2011

[QUOTE=Simply Zyzz;11372427]they agreed to 50/50 the last time.. if any guy ask for more than he doesnt want the fight... and im a mayweather fan saying that.... i dont think mayweather would have mentioned pacquiao at 106 n park without…

Comment by Titing Kabayo on 11-05-2011

Martinez who? I never heard of this boxer let alone biggest fight with mayweather....:D adviser is idiot...

Comment by JibbaJabber on 11-05-2011

martinez is the biggest joke in boxing after manny pacquiao.. look at his weak ass resume.

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