Saturday, 03 August 2013 04:45

Mayweather vs Canelo: Winner to Face Sergio Martinez?

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WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28KOs) insists he wants to face the winner of Mayweather vs Canelo.
Does he have a preference?

Answer: No, not really.

However, the middleweight champion is plagued by injuries suffered four months ago against Martin Murray and will not fight again until 2014.

Martinez was quoted by BoxingScene:

"I have to be out of action for six months, the biggest problem is the knee, I may have to operate again. The doctors decided that for now I have to rest and my return will be in the first quarter of 2014."

"Today Mayweather is the best. But if Canelo wins, he will be the best. I want either one of them, I do not care who wins."

The middleweight champ added, "Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is still a possibility. I have no problems with a rematch. I'll fight anyone, but if he wants me he has to wait. I'm not thinking about retirement.

"I'm signed for two more fights with [HBO], after that I will sit down and consider whether I plan hang up the gloves," Martinez said.

Obstacle: If Martinez is signed with HBO for his next two bouts, how will be able to fight Mayweather or Canelo, both of which are Showtime fighters, anytime soon?

Martinez has 4 possible big name opponents for 2014 but only 2 may be available to fight on HBO - Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Gennady Golovkin.

It's no surprise he's calling out Floyd Mayweather and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez. All 4 possible opponents - Mayweather, Canelo, Golovkin and Chavez - are legitimate threats but facing the winner of Money May vs Canelo would yield Martinez the biggest reward.

So is Martinez angling himself to fight Mayweather or Canelo in 2015? That's so far away and so much can happen between now and then. Moreover, Sergio will turn 40 February of that year.

Look for Martinez to rematch Chavez Jr in 2014. If Chavez can't make weight or the bout doesn't happen for some other reason, Sergio may settle on WBA/WBO Champ Gennady Golovkin. Perhaps by then, Golovkin will be a bigger name and have more (mainstream) appeal thus making Martinez vs Golovkin a bigger fight than would be the case today.

Or maybe, Martinez defends his coveted RING/Lineal Middleweight Title in two tune-up fights prior to a 2015 showdown with Mayweather or Canelo?
Lee Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.