Who Should Sergio Martinez Fight Next?
For 11 rounds, Sergio Martinez put on a boxing clinic against Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in front of 19,000+ rabid fight fans at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV. Then, in the 12th round, Martinez had to survive a furious assault by Chavez that sent Martinez to the canvas and nearly out of the fight to hold on to the unanimous decision victory. The clinic showed Martinez’s prowess and the survival showcased his heart.
With that finished, one has to wonder what will be next for the supremely gifted 37-year-old, as it appears that only big fights are on the horizon. Aside from a possible rematch with Chavez, which promoter Bob Arum says could take place at Cowboy Stadium in 2013, here are three possible opponents for the man many consider the #3 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Miguel Cotto – Cotto gave Floyd Mayweather a run for his money back in May but ended up on the wrong side of a decision. With a December bout with Austin “No Doubt” Trout on the horizon, Cotto will have yet another tough opponent. Should he get past him, the 154 lbs could look toward Martinez for a massive bouth next Spring. Martinez may fight at 160 lbs, but he’s been wide open to dropping down and is already a relatively small middleweight. The two styles could produce incredible fireworks, and if they took the fight to Cotto’s backyard in Madison Square Garden, a blockbuster could happen without the names Pacquiao or Mayweather.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez – With Canelo destroying Josesito Lopez up the street at the MGM Grand the same night that Martinez took Chavez to school, perhaps another Mexico vs. Argentina bout could do just as well as Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez. With the story being that another Mexican steps to the plate to defend his country’s honor coupled, with the fact that Canelo may be the hottest rising name in all of boxing, why wouldn’t this fight be huge for the sport? If Canelo and Cotto don’t fight each other first (May 5, 2013 anyone?), these two should turn to each other.
Floyd Mayweather – Martinez has been calling out Mayweather for the past year or so. Mayweather ignored him because Martinez brought no money to the table. But after what Chavez Jr. and Martinez did for the Thomas & Mack with a record breaking attendance number and the huge PPV #s once calculated, the boxer known as “Money” can’t ignore what Martinez brings to the table. The Argentinean’s style and size may be a difficult one for Mayweather, but how many superfights does Mayweather have left? With Pacquiao tied up with a fourth fight against Marquez in December, Mayweather needs someone to make him big bucks in the interim. Mayweather-Martinez at 154 lbs is a very dangerous showdown with big money potential.
Who do you think Sergio Martinez should fight next?