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.