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Sergio Martinez: Mayweather Fight 'Not Far From Reality'

By Jhonny Gonzalez

Middleweight Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28KOs) is currently in Panama to support a boxing event at the Arena Robert Duran on Friday night. Martinez says his main goal before retirement is to face a boxer like Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26KOs). For the first time, Martinez admits that another boxer who previously occupied his list of potential targets, Manny Pacquiao, is too far away in weight to make a fight possible.

"[A fight with Mayweather is] not far from reality. Right now Floyd is fighting at 154 pounds against [Miguel] Cotto [on May 5th] and I can easily drop down from middleweight and measure myself [at 154-pounds] against Mayweather, and that would be something special for me....a dream fight," Martinez said. "A fight against Pacquiao is not in my plans because the Filipino only gets up to 145-pounds and I can not lose that much weight from 160."

There has been talk of Martinez possibly facing WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on September 15th in Las Vegas, but he doesn't believe it.

"It's a fight that should have already happened and one that I'm looking forward to. Now they are telling me there's a possible date for us to fight, on September 15th, but I won't believe it until we're both standing in the ring," Martinez said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by HEZEKYHWH on 03-31-2012

[QUOTE=indystress;11954332]andre ward is willing to drop down to fight martinez, so why doesnt martinez accept that challenge? and why is it that martinez wants to fight jccjr when chavez jr himself has a fight nite weight of 185+ (which is…

Comment by HEZEKYHWH on 03-31-2012

[QUOTE=Larryx2011;11950140]id prefer this fight at 160 for the lineal title[/QUOTE] They are gonna fight, and I will make a bet with anyone that it will be at 160..... Floyd made a statement a while back that he wanted to retire…

Comment by indystress on 03-30-2012

andre ward is willing to drop down to fight martinez, so why doesnt martinez accept that challenge? and why is it that martinez wants to fight jccjr when chavez jr himself has a fight nite weight of 185+ (which is…

Comment by NearHypnos on 03-30-2012

[QUOTE=Ray*;11951390]I doubt this fight ever happens, Canelo would have to lose, Khan would have to lose for Martinez to be the only viable option because I don't see Mayweather fighting Martinez when canelo is available or if khan is available…

Comment by turbotime on 03-30-2012

[QUOTE=Dominicano Soy;11951391]The fight WILL happen, watch.[/QUOTE] God I hope not. Floyd and martinez will be damned near 40 by the time it gets signed.

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