DiBella likens Martinez to Roy Jones Jr, says Sergio could face Floyd Mayweather Jr at 150lbs for a 20/80 split

21 Mar

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Lou DiBella, the vocal promoter for lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28ko), has reiterated their shared disinclination to enter the super middleweight division as Martinez would be at too great a weight disadvantage. His fighter, Maravilla, who registered a 157lb weight for his last bout with Matthew Macklin; three pounds below the middleweight limit, will go as low as 150lb if it were to lure pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr into action…

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DiBella desperately wants to land Martinez a shot at Mayweather. Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

Speaking after Martinez’s 11th round knockout of Macklin, a fight in which he started slow but finished strong last Saturday, March 17 in New York City, DiBella bellowed: “[Martinez is] a 154lber, he ate steak and potatoes all f**king week and weighed 157. He could have fought at 154 [on Saturday, versus Macklin for The Ring magazine’s middleweight (160lb) championship].”

Addressing assembled journalists and recorded by Boxeo Mundial, DiBella also spoke of Martinez’s middleweight rival – Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, who champions the WBC belt, a world title formerly held by Sergio.

“If Chavez fights [Martin] Murray… I’m going to talk to Bob [Arum, Chavez’s promoter at Top Rank Boxing] about whether or not there’s a real possibility of making a fight in September or not. But if he does fight Murray [in June] he should be stripped [of the WBC world championship] before that.”

It has since emerged that Visa issues have derailed the expected fight between Chavez Jr and British contender Martin Murray, however, DiBella would still have “no faith they will make the fight”. He continued: “I will try to talk to Bob but the one thing pissing me off is [concerning the weight and] the HBO commentators talking about [Lucian] Bute and [Andre] Ward [who both fight at 168lbs]. I don’t want to listen to it; it’s horse-sh*t!”

Regarding viable opponents outside of Chavez Jr, DiBella said: “Andy Lee is certainly a possibility, especially in a heavily Irish area. Obviously we’re not getting [Miguel] Cotto next or Chavez next. And we’re not getting Mayweather next so we have to look at what’s financially viable.”

A lucrative showdown with Mayweather, though, that would pit two pound-for-pound top five prizefighters against each other, is something that DiBella enthuses… so much so that he explained that Martinez would even fight Mayweather (42-0-0, 26ko) at a catchweight of 153lbs, 152lbs, 151lbs or even 150lbs, four pounds lighter than the weight Mayweather will fight Cotto at later this year, for Miguel’s ‘Super’ WBA super welterweight world title.

Not only would Martinez and DiBella relinquish the weight advantage to Mayweather, they would also be willing to accept a 20 percent share of the purse, compared to a mega 80 percent for Floyd, nicknamed Money.

“We’d fight Floyd at 151, we’d fight Floyd at 150… why would we do that? To get the opportunity. And we’ll do it at 80-20; f**k parity! Mayweather can have 80 percent of the money. And we’ll do it at 150 after he beats up Cotto. Let’s do the fight.”

Fight promoters are no strangers to lauding their charges. DiBella has oft termed Martinez as a sure-fire future hall-of-famer and, considering Martinez’s speed, unorthodox movements, combination-punching and gunslinging fight style that sees shots thrown from unorthodox angles, Lou likened Sergio to former four-weight world champion Roy Jones Jr.

“People should realise something… you should feel privileged to watch Martinez right now,” he said of the slick Argentine, who now has thrilling victories over Alex Bunema, Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams, Serhiy Dzinziruk, Darren Barker and Macklin. “He’s an all-time great, man, he’s like Roy Jones Jr in his prime; the guy is a freak of nature.”

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One Response to “DiBella likens Martinez to Roy Jones Jr, says Sergio could face Floyd Mayweather Jr at 150lbs for a 20/80 split”


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