MARTINEZ BACKS GONZALEZ TO SUCCEED MAYWEATHER

By , January 22, 2017 4:47 pm

Sergio Martinez has supported Roman Gonzalez to be the successor to Floyd Mayweather Jr. but says boxing needs more fighters that can propel it to the next level.


Mayweather achieved beyond the expectation of an average boxer in the last ten years of his career spanning about two decades and is he is still being mentioned in conversations regarding today’s big names despite having retired since September 2015.

The former middleweight champion Martinez, who was slated for a fight against Mayweather at the tail end of his career, sing the praise of the 39-year-old while addressing speculations of possible fights against MMA star Conor McGregor and current 160 pound Gennady Golovkin.

“I think boxing really needs fighters like Floyd Mayweather, but it is now a strange time in boxing,” Martinez exclusively informed World Boxing News.

“There is no doubt Floyd has been one of the smartest and greatest of all boxers, not only in the ring but also when the situation demands he gets the suit and be a businessman to negotiate his fight.

“There is also the probability of a fight with GGG, but Martinez believes that while Golovkin remains a very dangerous fighter with his massive fists and being such a hard man, a fight with Mayweather will not happen,” he added.

On the current pound for pound weather, of which WBN has already seen three changes at the top his year, Martinez favours the powerful Nicaraguan Gonzalez as boxing’s new leader.

Martinez believes that ‘Chocolatito’ is the current best and that he can cement his place at the top of the pound for pound rankings in the next couples of years.

When he was asked about the recent rising of his former arch-enemy Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. – a fighter Martinez fought without success for some time before finally beat him in a thriller – the 41-year-old Argentine replied that Julio Cesar Chavez Junior has all the momentum to be a champion again and that he only needs to focus on his goal and be professional to get there.

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