Boxing-Ambitious Martinez eyeing Mayweather clash

World middleweight championSergio Martinez believes his most realistic chance of winningrecognition as the world’s best boxer lies in a bout withAmerican Floyd Mayweather Jr.

the 36-year-old Argentine (48-2-2), named 2010 Fighter ofthe Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America, toldReuters that Manny Pacquiao was reluctant to take him on.

He accused the Filipino of making unrealistic weight demandsand said he was targeting the undefeated Mayweather instead.

Welterweight Pacquiao (54-3-2) currently tops the list ofthe best pound-for-pound boxers compiled by ‘The Ring’ magazineahead of Mayweather (42-0-0), also a welterweight, in secondplace with Martinez third.

“It’s a disgrace what they (Pacquiao’s camp) are asking,” Martinez, a former cyclist and soccer player who came late toboxing, said in an interview in the Spanish capital after atraining session at a local gym.

“It would be better if they just said they didn’t want tofight me, because they know I’ll knock him out.”

Martinez, who sports an elaborate dragon tattoo on his leftbicep, said Pacquaio’s people had told him he would have toagree to slim down to 147 pounds (66.7 kilos) and limit hisweight to 150 pounds for the actual bout.

“We are working on a long-term plan to stabilise my weightat 154 pounds in case a fight with Mayweather can be organised,”Martinez said.

“To be considered the best pound for pound I just need thislittle push, a great fight with one of the two.

“I feel as if I have achieved nothing yet in boxing.Nothing. if I quit tomorrow people would forget about me. Iwould even forget about myself.”

Martinez may have a tough time making a match with either ofthe big two, at least until they have met each other in thefight eagerly awaited by boxing fans.

Pacquiao has never fought above 150 pounds and is under nopressure to accept a meeting with the Argentine, whileMayweather treasures his unbeaten record and may be loath totake on a dangerous bout before cashing in with a lucrativeclash with Pacquiao.

Pacquiao’s latest victory, a majority decision againstMexican Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas this month,disappointed even some of his most ardent supporters back homein the Philippines.

Martinez was scathing about Pacquiao, saying the Filipinodid not deserve to be considered the world’s best.

“I don’t know when the last time was that Pacquaio took onone of the best pound-for-pound fighters,” Martinez said.

“Marquez today is not the fighter he was five years ago. Ijust need one chance, one fight against either one of them(Pacquiao or Mayweather). I think I deserve to be where I am.”


Boxing-Ambitious Martinez eyeing Mayweather clash

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