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 Last update:  3/16/2011       Read more by Michael Marley         
   
Sergio Martinez-Peter Manfredo Battle on DiBella's Mind
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By Michael Marley

Lou DiBella, promoter of red-hot middleweight champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez, may have something up his sleeve.

While publicly speaking, including to me on Tuesday, about hoped for bouts for the newly-minted HBO ring star to fight either pay-per-view TV fighters Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Miguel Cotto, it seems that DiBella is schmoozing the prime cable network to accept a July 9 Martinez bout against Peter "Pride Of Providence" Manfredo..

DiBella is anxious to give Martinez, the 36-year-old late bloomer, five bouts, two more this year and three across 2012.

Manfredo, age 30 and the owner of a 37-6, 20 KOs record which include high profile losses to Joe Calzaghe and Jeff Lacy, has put together a six fight win streak since a Nov. 13, 2008, loss in the Rhode Island capital city to rugged Sakio Bika.

"The Dunk" as it is known to locals, or the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence to others would likely be the site of the show. If not, DiBella may have the option to take Manfredo-Martinez to either Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun in the nearby Connecticut woods.

Martinez just demolished Sergiy Dzinziruk with a five knockdown, eight roun knockout effort at Foxwoods Saturday night, a show on which Irish Andy Lee rallied to knockout Craig McEwan. Like Manfredo, Lee is a DiBella handled fighter but is not considered ready for an accomplished world champion such as Martinez.

"Lou's pitch is that, hey, Martinez had to beat Kelly Pavlik, then he one punched Paul Williams and, even after those two victories, HBO shoved Dzinziruk down his throat," a source familiar with the promoter's thinking said Wednesday.

"Lou thinks Sergio has earned a lollipop and Manfredo is a lollipop who can sell some tickets in Providence. Maybe HBO will agree, maybe they won't."

It says here the TV suits will acquiesce. The plain fact is that Martinez has no glittering potential foes and he certainly has not been ducking anyone.

Tags: Sergio Martinez , Peter Manfredo Jr. , Lou DiBella


 

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comment by Danny Gunz, on 03-16-2011
Ive been thinking about it and there is no way HBO buys this fight. Martinez-Lee seems like the fight they want.

comment by SluggerFan, on 03-16-2011
If HBO turned down Zbik, does anyone really think they will accept Manfredo as a potential opponent. Every time Manfredo stepped up to B-level competition, he lost and lost convincingly. I can understand giving Sergio a little bit softer touch for his next fight but come on, Sergio will KO him in...

comment by mathed, on 03-16-2011
They need to get a guy with a decent record, a friendly name , and most importantly,a guy that HBO will put on the TV. They have some kind of grudge against Pirog, Sturm won't cut it because he won't fight in America and HBO isn't paying for Martinez to fight in Germany. Tough spot unless he fi...

comment by lutenco, on 03-16-2011
CAN DI BELLA PROMOTE A DECENT FIGHT? He is ridicolous have the number #2P4P and looking for a fight like this!!! THERE's a good fight in middleweight division that a lot of people can watch STURM-MARTINEZ but i don't hear nothing on this;MARTINEZ-MANFREDO is horrible like MARTINEZ-MORA(anyway M...

comment by blank916, on 03-16-2011
Lou dibella himself has a better chance at beating martinez. I don't but this crap, at the worst i think he was just joking.

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