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Mayweather Will Be Watching Martinez-Cotto Closely For His Next Opponent

BY Frank Lotierzo ON May 23, 2014
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Well, here we go again, yes, Floyd Mayweather 46-0 (26) is trickling out occasional tweets, controlling the media in regards to who his next fight will be against this coming September 13th.

Mayweather is without out a doubt the Kim Kardashian of professional boxing, only with slightly more substance.

You better believe boxing fans will be checking his twitter account daily with anticipation hoping to find out who that opponent will be when he next enters the ring in early fall of this year. In reality there's only two opponents fighting between welterweight and middleweight that are worth paying for to see Mayweather fight, WBO welterweight title holder Manny Pacquiao 56-5-2 (38) and WBA middleweight title holder Gennady Golovkin 29-0 (26).

However, before going down that path, let’s stay in the real world since we know Pacquiao isn't going to be the opponent for another year and a half and Golovkin will never be the opponent, at least not without a monumental gimmick or catch-weight attached to the deal.



With Pacquiao and Golovkin out of the way, that leaves three fighters in the running who fans wouldn't gripe about paying to watch oppose Floyd this coming September. The obvious choice would have to be Marcos Maidana 35-4 (31). Sure, Maidana pushed Mayweather harder than he's been pushed in a fight since Jose Luis Castillo beat him in the ring during their first fight, in my opinion. Mayweather won the bout officially via unanimous decision, back in 2002. Maidana definitely deserves a rematch with Mayweather, something all boxing fans agree on. But if you're honest and not blinded by your dislike for Mayweather or wishful thinking, Floyd would handle Maidana easier the second time around than he did when they fought earlier this month. 



For starters, I don't believe Maidana could duplicate his remarkable performance from their first fight in a rematch. And I doubt Floyd would allow Marcos to enter the ring again weighing 165 pounds. In addition to that, history has shown, as recently as Stiverne-Arreola II, that when the boxer or better technician beats the swarmer/fighter the first time, the rematch is usually a repeat of the first fight, nine out of 10 times. There's nothing Maidana could do differently fighting Mayweather again other than bringing a little more of what didn't quite get the job done the last time. Whereas Floyd could adjust and take it to Maidana more at center ring and beat him to the punch and disrupt his aggression like he began doing during the second half of their bout.

Yes, Maidana has more than earned the big payday that a rematch with Mayweather would bring him, but as far as drama or thinking that there's a morsel of a chance that the result would be different, not in this lifetime.



So who does that leave? I believe if Mayweather doesn't fight a rematch with Maidana in his next bout, I think he'll look to meet the winner of June 7th's WBC middleweight title bout between title holder Sergio Marinez 51-2-2 (38) and challenger Miguel Cotto 38-4 (31). And I think if it's Martinez who comes out on top the odds increase exponentially because we've already seen Mayweather tangle with Cotto. Two years ago Miguel gave Floyd a real tough fight but the outcome was never really in question. If Cotto somehow got a piece of the middleweight title he'd be one of the smallest title holders in the history of the division. In addition to that, Mayweather defeated Cotto for the junior middleweight title, so beating him again for the middleweight title wouldn't be viewed as something so spectacular.



However, if Martinez wins, that sets up Mayweather-Martinez perfectly and gives Floyd the ideal opponent to attempt and possibly capture his sixth title in a different weight class. Martinez is 39, his body has shown signs of breaking down and betraying him and Sergio has longed to be part of a super-fight, the kind that only fighting Mayweather could bring him.

We all know that Mayweather won't fight Martinez in a legitimate middleweight title bout. Of course he'll force Sergio to come down in weight to 155 so the bout can be for the WBC middleweight title. And with Martinez starving for the big fight and the money that comes with it, he'll agree to Mayweather's terms. Oh maybe he'll try and play hardball and force Mayweather to agree to 156, but it doesn't matter. Anything under 160 kills the authenticity of the bout but Floyd knows the fans are easy to manipulate and by fight night they'll be making excuses for him and saying how four pounds is no big deal. But it is a big deal and will weaken Martinez and nullify his only advantage.

Sadly there are fans and writers who can't grasp what fighters go through to shed those last few pounds and how draining Martinez or any other fighter down really is a big deal. And that's why fighting Martinez makes all the dollars and cents in the world for both Floyd and Sergio. No doubt Sergio will agree to the catch-weight and view fighting Mayweather as his chance to score the signature win of his slightly over-looked career. He'll say all the right things and that losing the extra four pounds is not a problem, but the truth is the money that comes with fighting Mayweather is really doing the talking.



In a Mayweather vs. Martinez clash with Sergio's title on the line, both fighters get an opportunity to gain something important to them. Floyd gets a chance to gain his sixth title in a different division, against an older fighter who is on the decline but one whose name still carries clout. Martinez isn't huge for a middleweight and stylistically he'd have to fight as the aggressor versus Mayweather and we know that's not his game. And since Martinez hasn't been part of a marquee matchup his entire career, he'll be very complicit during the negotiations, which is right up Floyd's alley. As for Martinez, fighting Mayweather will bring him a small fortune and if he won he'd be known for the rest of his life as the fighter who took down Floyd Mayweather and handed him his first and probably only career defeat. 



Yes, Mayweather will be watching Martinez-Cotto closely early next month. He'll be rooting for Martinez to pull it out for the reasons mentioned above. In his perfect world, Martinez will have a tough fight with Cotto but come out on top. If that's how it turns out, Martinez will be the frontrunner to be Mayweather's next opponent, with Maidana and Cotto in the running behind him. It's money in the bank that Mayweather doesn't tweet anything concrete about who his next opponent will be until after the Martinez-Cotto clash on June 7th. So don't waste too much time with anything Mayweather says or tweets until the business between Martinez and Cotto is resolved.



Frank Lotierzo can be contacted at GlovedFist@Gmail.com

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S.Webb says:

I doubt Mayweather will be looking Martinez's way for his next, and not because he's ducking him either. I just donit see Mayweather fighting outside of 147 again, but I could be wrong. Also they couldn't fight anyways; because Martinez will still have one fight left under his deal with HBO.

oubobcat says:

I doubt Mayweather will be looking Martinez's way for his next, and not because he's ducking him either. I just donit see Mayweather fighting outside of 147 again, but I could be wrong. Also they couldn't fight anyways; because Martinez will still have one fight left under his deal with HBO.


I agree, a Martinez fight will not be happening. Martinez is loyal to HBO and Mayweather of course is with Showtime.

Cotto, maybe a slim possibility. First, I don't think Cotto wins. But if he does, that's a pretty quick turnaround for him. Cotto likes to assess scenarios after fights as well and then methodically select which direction to next head.

If Cotto wins, I expect him to take his time assessing the landscape. Probably, he decides on a big money and more winnable fight with Canelo.

If Cotto loses, I also expect him to take his time assessing the landscape. Maybe even take a year off, allow Canelo to win a Middleweight belt (from Quillin) and then you guessed it fight Canelo.

The Good Doctor says:

I agree, a Martinez fight will not be happening. Martinez is loyal to HBO and Mayweather of course is with Showtime.

Cotto, maybe a slim possibility. First, I don't think Cotto wins. But if he does, that's a pretty quick turnaround for him. Cotto likes to assess scenarios after fights as well and then methodically select which direction to next head.

If Cotto wins, I expect him to take his time assessing the landscape. Probably, he decides on a big money and more winnable fight with Canelo.

If Cotto loses, I also expect him to take his time assessing the landscape. Maybe even take a year off, allow Canelo to win a Middleweight belt (from Quillin) and then you guessed it fight Canelo.


Spot on again sir. I get the feeling that if Cotto or Sergio wins, both have their eyes on matches with Chavez Jr or Canelo. Each would be an opponent that would be less tough than fighting Floyd in my opinion. In addition, they could be the A-side of the card and still make big money.

amayseng says:

I brought this up a few weeks ago and agree with EM.

I think this would be a great opportunity for Floyd to win a mw title, HOWever only if there is NO catchweight.


I dont think a catch weight fight would sell well, seeing how canelo was a cw and was a boring boring fight


Should SM win he needs to stick to his guns and say NO cw, you want the mw title then fight at mw for the title.


In fact I think after SM wins, he should fight Pac at mw, again NO cw with Pac coming in 150 and SM

weighing in at 160 for the LEGIT mw title. Pac has the hand and more importantly foot speed to make

it very interesting and I would lean towards him for beating the 40 year old SM at that time.


What an event that would be. Pac fighting for the legit mw title with no cw.

Pac would be making numerous statements with that fight and making Floyd look cowardly while doing it.

Skibbz says:

I agree, a Martinez fight will not be happening. Martinez is loyal to HBO and Mayweather of course is with Showtime.

Cotto, maybe a slim possibility. First, I don't think Cotto wins. But if he does, that's a pretty quick turnaround for him. Cotto likes to assess scenarios after fights as well and then methodically select which direction to next head.

If Cotto wins, I expect him to take his time assessing the landscape. Probably, he decides on a big money and more winnable fight with Canelo.

If Cotto loses, I also expect him to take his time assessing the landscape. Maybe even take a year off, allow Canelo to win a Middleweight belt (from Quillin) and then you guessed it fight Canelo.


Canelo is after a Cotto fight even if Cotto is looking elsewhere win or lose. It'll happen and probably by the end of this year. I think a year off is the wrong move though because the young hungry cubs are making their way up and soon it'll be their time in the spotlight. Cotto is running against the clock and his options are dwindling.

If you ask me, after this fight, he takes the Canelo fight (win or lose) before the end of the year and then is either relegated down the pack or retires from boxing altogether. A very well paid year to draw the curtains on a historic career.

The Commish says:

I do not believe $$$May is looking towards the winner of Martinez-Cotto on June 7 as his next opponent. Yes, Cotto gave $$$May a terrific fight, but there was no question about the outcome. The result will be the same if they fight again. As for Martinez, he must fulfill his contract with HBO. $$$May doesn't fight on or for HBO. So, a Martinez-$$$May fight isn't going to be happening.

$$$May could very well be among the many who will be watching Sergio Martinez put his middleweight title on the line against Miguel Cotto. But he'll be watching as a fan, not as the nexct challenger for the world middleweight championship.

-Randy G.

oubobcat says:

I do not believe $$$May is looking towards the winner of Martinez-Cotto on June 7 as his next opponent. Yes, Cotto gave $$$May a terrific fight, but there was no question about the outcome. The result will be the same if they fight again. As for Martinez, he must fulfill his contract with HBO. $$$May doesn't fight on or for HBO. So, a Martinez-$$$May fight isn't going to be happening.

$$$May could very well be among the many who will be watching Sergio Martinez put his middleweight title on the line against Miguel Cotto. But he'll be watching as a fan, not as the nexct challenger for the world middleweight championship.

-Randy G.


Well stated Commish. By the way, thanks for the shout out on the radio show yesterday.

The Shadow says:

Frank the observer brings the perspective like only he can.

Couple of points:

1) Martinez is under contract with HBO, hence why that jabroni Sampson's seed Nathan is slandering Floyd.

2) Martinez offered to come down to 150, repeatedly. Should this unlikely match happen, 2015 at the earliest, it would take place at 160 but with a caveat:

- Martinez can weigh in at 160 but can only gain a rehydrate a few pounds. DiBella has said publically in a Q&A -- which Mayweather's team are HIGHLY aware of -- that he only rehydrates a few pounds over the middleweight limit.

A similar deal was offered to Canelo but was rejected; weigh in at 154 but with a rehydration limit. They refused, choosing instead to go with 152 and no rehydration restrictions.

- Martinez weighs in at 155-157. Martinez proposed 150 for both Mayweather and Pacquiao.

And honestly, Sergio's a bit of a bitch constantly calling people out natural lightweights Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao who both gotta stuff themselves to make the welterweight limit when he's a solid 176-180 dude.

I get it; you wanna be pound for pound champ, you want the money. Yet, he himself doesn't want to face anyone north of 160. "They're too f*cking big! Forget it," DiBella says. "Those guys walk around at 190. Sergio's too small."

Yeah, a whole 10-15 pounds. Yet he wants these guys who are 25 pounds lighter than him to knuckle up. Such hypocrisy. That team is one walking contradiction. He really should take his a$$ to 147 or STFU.

Either way, in the unlikely event Martinez and Mayweather square up, it will probably be under one of those two circumstances.

3) I don't think it's fair to say that it is a given Floyd will force someone down. Floyd has been known in the industry to be very fair in negotiations.

Only once he fought someone coming down; and that team proposed 150 so in reality they GAINED two pounds in negotiations -- or five, as they put it themselves. "Who's the idiot now," his team said on All Access.

There's a big difference between someone OFFERING the concession and FORCING concession simply because you have the leverage.

Pacquiao and Cotto have forced those concessions on at least two occasions each. And good for them. Show who's boss.

4) If Cotto wins, he's fighting Mayweather. The end.

Nice work.

The Shadow says:

Well stated Commish. By the way, thanks for the shout out on the radio show yesterday.


Commish! Is there a link where I can hear the episodes online?

Coxs Corner says:

If Mayweather says he wants to fight Martinez, and he may just announce that after the Cotto fight. HBO and or Showtime will jump through hoops to get that fight done. It's too big of a fight. Floyd dictates and they'll jump. If he wants Martinez, no network is gonna stop it. Did you guys just start following boxing? Lewis and Tyson fought on different networks and the fight was made.

The Commish says:

Sorry, Shadow. SiriusXM is a satellite radio station which can be heard only by susscription. Many automobile companies give freee trials (three months, six months) to SiriusXM in their newer models, both in ones which are purchased and ones which are leased.

There is also a SiriusXM app, but it can only be accessed by subscribers. Wish you were not overseas. Those stateside can actually call our toll-free # into thew studio, then stay on hold and listen to the show (or become a part of it by going on the air with me & Gerry Cooney).

Back to Martinez-Cotto...there's just very little way $$$May is going to be facing either of them down the line. It would be interesting to see a Martinez-$$$May fight, but do you really want to see a rematch with Cotto? I see an easier fight the next time around for $$$May.

Much easier.

-Randy G.

deepwater2 says:

When I bought my new jeep grand Cherokee I had it . I am negotiating with sirius to re up only because of your show . The classical and jazz station for my wife is a huge bonus . Mayweather has unfinished business . His name is Manny . Mayweather already retired and no one cared . If he doesn't fight PAC let him retire once and for all and no one will really care .

Carmine Cas says:

Frank the fight observer brings the perspective like only he can.

Couple of points:

1) Martinez is under contract with HBO, hence why that jabroni Sampson's seed Nathan is slandering Floyd. "He's not in our plans, he doesn't like fair fights."

2) Martinez offered to come down to 150, repeatedly. Should this unlikely match happen, 2015 at the earliest, it would take place at 160 but with a caveat:

a) Martinez can weigh in at 160 but can only rehydrate a few pounds. DiBella has said publically in a Q&A -- which Mayweather's team are HIGHLY aware of -- that he only rehydrates a few pounds over the middleweight limit.

A similar deal was offered to Canelo but was rejected; weigh in at 154 but with a rehydration limit. They refused, choosing instead to go with 152 and no rehydration restrictions.

b) Martinez weighs in at 155-157. Martinez proposed 150 for both Mayweather and Pacquiao.

And honestly, Sergio's a bit of a bitch constantly calling people out natural lightweights Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao who both gotta stuff themselves to make the welterweight limit when he's a solid 176-180 dude.

I get it; you wanna be pound for pound champ, you want the money. Yet, he himself doesn't want to face anyone north of 160. "They're too f*cking big! Forget it," DiBella says. "Those guys walk around at 190. Sergio's too small."

Yeah, a whole 10-15 pounds. Yet he wants these guys who are 25 pounds lighter than him to knuckle up. Such hypocrisy. That team is one walking contradiction. He really should take his a$$ to 147 or STFU.

Either way, in the unlikely event Martinez and Mayweather square up, it will probably be under one of those two circumstances.

3) I don't think it's fair to say that it is a given Floyd will force someone down. Floyd has actually been known to be very fair in negotiations.

Only once has he faced someone coming down in weight and that team publicly proposed 150 to ESPN. So in reality the opponent GAINED two pounds in negotiations -- or five, as they put it themselves, since Floyd's side asked for 147 initially. "Who's the idiot now," his team said on All Access.

There's a big difference between someone OFFERING the concession and FORCING concession simply because you have the leverage.

Pacquiao and Cotto have forced those concessions on at least two occasions each. And good for them. Show who's boss.

4) If Cotto wins, he's fighting Mayweather. The end.

Nice work.[/QUOTE



You make a great point Shadow.

But Sergio is not much bigger than Big Money O, Cotto, and Canelo; all whom Mayweather fought.

I would dare say "the red headed hype" comes in more on fight night if not the same. De La Hoya is a former middleweight champion himself but Mayweather had no qualms facing him. Cotto was most likely in middleweight territory fight night when he fought Floyd.

And you're right it is hypocritical when DiBella says the supermiddlweights are too big for Sergio but instead Martinez calls out the "smaller" welterweights. But the two welterweights he's called out have fought men of similar size, so they are hypocrites as well if they say he's too big. In reality Sergio is a junior middlweight, both Mayweather and Pacquiao have won straps in that division. He's just presents a greater threat than De La Hoya, Margacheato, Cotto, and Canelo.

This is called prize fighting, Sergio is just trying to get the most $$$ before he rides off into the sunset.

And yes he is in contract with HBO, but the two sides can work something out.

The Shadow says:

Thanks, CC.

If he's bound to one network, there's not really much to work out unless Floyd opts out of his current deal, which he won't. However, once he takes on his next guy after that then maybe there's a match to be had.

Regarding size, you can clearly see the size difference between Martinez and Cotto. Clearly. And Cotto walks around at around 170! DiBella's promoter talk aside, Martinez is a solid middleweight.

Yes, Floyd fights guys who come in the ring as super middleweights. But there's one difference between those guys and Martinez:

Martinez walks around at 175-180. Ignore DiBella's promoter bank speak (BS) for a second (keep in mind, he's the same guy who offered 80/20 split for Floyd, thinking the public would buy such a "generous" offer even though he damn well knows he'd be lucky to get 10% but that's a mother topic entirely...).

At the 30-day weigh-in for Wlliams, which was to be contested at a 158 catchweight, he came in at the absolute limit of 176 (160 + 10%), suggesting he even did a slight cut for that.

De La Hoya was horribly undersized at middleweight also. He got a gift for the at-the-time insignificant and fringe WBO title (which historically really has been a glorified Euro title) vs German Felix Sturm and was very visibly smaller than the much bigger Bernard Hopkins (who actually weighed in at 155-156 for that one).

If he was really as small as he said, then let him go down where he says he can (which I doubt he'd want).

Carmine Cas says:

Sorry for the delayed reply, I was on the left coast the last few days.

In his last couple of fights Martinez rehydrated to a supermiddlweight, as did Maidana, De La Hoya, and most likely Cotto.

Martinez can meet Mayweather at 154.

Skibbz says:

Sorry for the delayed reply, I was on the left coast the last few days.

In his last couple of fights Martinez rehydrated to a supermiddlweight, as did Maidana, De La Hoya, and most likely Cotto.

Martinez can meet Mayweather at 154.


It's an easy fight for Floyd even at 156. We know Floyd isn't going to make the limit but Sergio will be working. Floyd doesn't have major niggling injuries, but chances are Martinez may have some after the Cotto bout. Floyd would make Martinez look cheap if i'm being honest.. Floyd is too good for whatever Martinez will bring at aged 40 with retirement just over the crest of the hill.

If he fights Cotto, it'll be much the same as the first bout if not worse. Cotto has lost by a wide margin against Trout and could suffer the same fate against Martinez. If he gets in the ring with Floyd again I wouldn't fancy his chances.

Floyd should swallow his pride and for his love of money do business with the other side. It's like having a stone in your shoe but not being able to take it out having to talk about a Floyd Pac. It's the best next move for everyone involved but ridiculously it's the last thing we're going to see.

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