They are now selling Floyd Mayweather versus Sergio Martinez. At least Martinez’ career adviser and boxing agent Sampson Lewkowicz does.
The very affable and influential Lewkowicz, who hails from Montevideo, Uruguay but now resides in Las Vegas, just made a bold declaration regarding his ward – with Martinz, Mayweather can make history.
In a recent report by Fight Hype’s Mike Juhas, Lewkowicz said he sternly believes that a Mayweather-Martinez showdown is akin to a battle between the angel and the devil and that the bout will make two million PPV buys, give or take. Lewkowicz, who was a significant figure in bringing Manny Pacquiao to the global stage, also said that a Pacquiao-Martinez clash will not sell like hotcakes, as opposed to a bout with Mayweather.
“Mayweather and Martinez will sell two million plus on pay-per-view,” said Lewkowicz. “It will never happen with Pacquiao.”
Lewkowicz may have a point there.
Looking at the big picture, a Pacquiao-Martinez fight is not that hard to sell. Put anyone in front of the Filipino champion for him to fight and the world will watch.
However, after his bouts with former welterweight champions Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, and Shane Mosley, Pacquiao has ran out of viable challenges in his division. That is a hard fact.
Well, except for Mayweather.
Boxing fans, hardcore and casual alike, are now getting frustrated with Pacquiao-Mayweather not happening any time soon and setting up the Filipino dervish against Martinez may not sit well with rest of the boxing world.
Pacquiao-Martinez is an impossible fight to begin with.
The reigning WBC middleweight champion, who already expressed his intention to dropping to 150 pounds if given the green light to dance with Pacquiao, will have to lose close to 30 pounds to make good his promise. Martinez, who fights at 160, walks around at 175 to 180 pounds.
The battle with the scale is already a hard mountain to climb for the Argentine prizefighter. But if that fight happens, fans will still buy it, though the level of enthusiasm will dwindle down significantly.
Mayweather once fought as a light middleweight when he faced Oscar dela Hoya, so meeting Martinez at 154 to 156 is not a problem for the brash and cocky American. Still, the prospect represents a tough time for Martinez, who might need to trim 20 to 25 pounds off his body to make the weight.
Will a Mayweather-Martinez fight prove to be a blockbuster? It might, considering how Mayweather came up with 1.3 million PPV buys with recent victim Victor Ortiz. And Martinez himself is no pushover, ranked as the third best boxer in the planet today, just behind Pacquiao and Mayweather.
Is Martinez a legitimate opposition for Mayweather should they face at light middleweight? Yes.
The question, however, is this: will Mayweather sign that dotted line?
This writer was not able to witness the Donnie Nietes-Ramon Garcia light flyweight title tussle in Bacolod City last Saturday due to health-related concerns (down with the flu). But a review will be on the way once this writer sees the video of the bout.
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