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Sergio Martinez on Mayweather, Chavez, Injuries, More

By Rex Gowar

WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez is still hoping for a shot at Floyd Mayweather but said on Monday he would not lose sleep trying to pin down the elusive pound-for-pound fighter.

"Mayweather skirts around things so it's complicated to focus on going after him," the 37-year-old southpaw known as 'Maravilla' said during his first return home to Argentina since winning the title.

"I must look for my own path and if Mayweather appears, that will be phenomenal," added Martinez, who beat Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr for the WBC crown in Las Vegas last month.

"For me, there's no doubt he's the best boxer in the world. I always want to face the best, it would be a great opportunity for me," he told a packed news conference at the Caesar Park hotel in Buenos Aires.

Mayweather is an undefeated fighter with titles in five divisions.

Before fighting again, though, Martinez needs to fully recover from a left hand injury and also have a knee operation.

"My left hand is improving well but it still hurts a bit because I had two fractures that have welded well," he said.

"With my knee, I need to keep working with my doctor to prepare for an operation on November 12."

Martinez, who has emerged at the very top of boxing late in his career after a decade climbing the ladder in Spain, said he expected to be fully fit to fight again next April.

"I'll be ready to fight from April, I'll need two weeks (to recover) after the operation, I'm nearly 38 and it's not the same to have an operation as it is when you're 20. I'm confident that after that my body will be 100%.

"I'm not looking at any opponent, today I'm the objective and I have to work twice as hard as before to defend this world championship I've got," he said.

"I try not to have contact with other boxers, the offers will come soon, in the next month and a half, and then I'll have to decide who I choose (to fight)."

Martinez said he would fight at least once in Argentina though he was not sure when or whether it would be his last bout before retiring.

Regarding a rematch with Chavez Jr., who tested positive for Marijuana following their fight, Martinez said "he must clear his name. He stained boxing and stained the name of his family. If he wants to take anti-doping tests, with urine and blood, we can fight any time."

As a fan of River Plate soccer team he would ideally like to fight at the club's Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires but that would depend on numerous factors including the time of year since it would be in the open air.

An alternative would be the Luna Park, famous home of Argentine boxing that has held many world title bouts notably in the era of late world middleweight champion Carlos Monzon with whom Martinez is sometimes compared.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by budfr on 10-23-2012

Martínez was like a zombie in the last 10 seconds, was almost koed, was bleeding, fractured his hand and injured his knee against a kid that hardly trained, smoked pot and drank. What does that tell ya? Chávez was not…

Comment by breezy53 on 10-23-2012

[QUOTE=radioraheem;12629107]You really think that if they fight at 154 lbs, the fight would really happen at 154 lbs? Sergio Martinez would strategically come into that ring ABOVE 154 lbs, and weigh-in at 158 or 160 lbs (Broner-style). And guess what,…

Comment by Nicolino on 10-23-2012

[QUOTE=sergiod1981;12631104]Sergio Martinez said last night in a TV show. "Dancing with the Stars" (Argentina version) The next fight will be in Argentina vs a fighter from the first 5 in the ranking. On April or May. I think the fighter…

Comment by sergiod1981 on 10-23-2012

Sergio Martinez said last night in a TV show. "Dancing with the Stars" (Argentina version) The next fight will be in Argentina vs a fighter from the first 5 in the ranking. On April or May. I think the fighter…

Comment by leonthegee on 10-23-2012

[QUOTE=julian45;12629158]He has allot of respect for Mayweather and that aint his style, he talked **** about Chavez cause he had his belt and was a pampered ass. it irked him. Canelo he will talk **** about too. He beats Mayweather…

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