Sergio Martinez Criticizes Manny Pacquiao
Sergio Martinez is aching to get a share of the limelight currently being shared by the world’s recognized top two pound-for-pound best boxers—Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.
In a Reuters report, Martinez admitted that he has to beat either Pacquiao or Mayweather to get the recognition that he deserves. However, the recognized linear middleweight champion said fighting Mayweather is more realistic because the Pacquiao camp is making unrealistic demands regarding weight limits. “It’s a disgrace what they (Pacquiao’s camp) are asking,” Martinez said. “It would be better if they just said they didn’t want to fight me, because they know I’ll knock him out.”
According to Martinez, the Pacquiao camp is willing to fight him but only at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds with a provision that the middleweight champ will not balloon to more than 150 at fight night. Middleweights generally weight at a limit of 160 pounds during weigh-in.
Martinez, from Argentina, also disagreed with Pacquiao’s status as arguably the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. “I don’t know when the last time was that Pacquaio took on one of the best pound-for-pound fighters,” Martinez said.