Over the past few years, we’ve seen Sergio Martinez absolutely take the boxing world by storm. While many of the other elite fighters have slowed down and/or cherry picked beatable opponents, Sergio Martinez has fought anyone willing to fight him. Not only has he taken the best fights possible but he’s beaten everyone he’s been matched against. So the question is Should Sergio Martinez be the pound for pound king?
When you look at the obvious candidates for the pound for pound best, you obviously have to mention Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Others may throw in names like Tim Bradley, Devon Alexander, and Shane Mosley. Although Tim Bradley has beaten just about all the top fighters at 140lbs, there are still a few VERY GOOD fighters left for him to square off against. After he goes toe to toe with Amir Khan, Victor Ortiz, and a couple other 140 fighters, he will have a good case for pound for pound best but at this point he’s still young and a raising superstar. Shane Mosley has declined drastically over the past few years with a dominating lose to Mayweather and a controversial draw to Sergio Mora. Devon Alexander just lost the biggest fight of his career, which IMO puts him out of the conversation for pound for pound best.
Now we’re left with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. So lets break down what they’ve done these past 3 years. Mayweather has beaten Marquez and Mosley in the past three years. Two very good fighters who he absolutely dominated, but in my opinion, its not enough to crown him as the pound for pound best.
Manny Pacquiao beat Ricky Hatton, who many believed was already beat before the fight after getting knocked out by the hands of Floyd Mayweather. He then went on to stop Miguel Cotto, a fighter who was coming off a controversial decision to the hands of Joshua Clottey and was forced to quit in an even more controversial fight with Antonio Margarito. After Cotto, Pacquiao took on Joshua Clottey, a fighter who no one believed had any chance against Pacman and a fighter that was viewed to be nowhere near the caliber of Manny Pacquiao. After winning a decision with Clottey, Pacquiao beat Antonio Margarito who was coming off a scandal in which he was caught loading his gloves prior to the Shane Mosley fight, a fight in which Antonio Margarito was knocked out in the 9th round and then went on to serve a one year suspension for his attempt to load his gloves.
Now we move on to what Sergio Martinez has done in the past 2 years (not 3). He stopped Kermit Cintron in a fight where he was absolutely robbed, being given a draw in a fight that was restarted after Martinez was awarded the win after Cintron was down for the 10 count. Cintron’s corner argued with the ref, who unprofessionally gave into the pressure and decided the fight should continue. I view this as a KO win for Martinez. After that fight he went on to fight Paul Williams, the fight was an absolute war both men were down in the fight, and it went on to a very controversial decision as one judge awarded Paul Williams every round but 2. Paul Williams ended up taking a majority decision. Martinez then fought Kelly Pavlik who he cut and dominated after the blood trickled into the eyes of Pavlik. He ended up winning a unanimous decision as he took the WBC and WBO titles from Pavlik. After the Pavlik fight he signed a deal to fight Paul Williams in a rematch. It was immediately obvious that Martinez had worked hard to put on body mass and was substantially bigger than we had seen him before. He ended up knocking Paul Williams out cold in the second round with an over hand left (the same punch he knocked out Cintron with). After the Paul Williams fight Martinez went on to fight Serhiy Dzinziruk. Dzinziruk was previously undefeated and never downed in his career. Martinez made this fight look like Mayweather vs Corrales. He dominated Dzinziruk in the fight, dropping him 5 times in the fight forcing his corner to throw in the towel.
I believe with the evidence presented, Sergio Martinez SHOULD be the undisputed pound for pound champ. Neither Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao show any motivation to fight him and for good reason, he’s arguably just as fast as they are, has a substantial advantage in power, is notably bigger than both of them, and on top of it all he’s a southpaw. I believe Sergio Martinez would be able to beat Manny Pacquiao relatively easy because Manny Pacquiao is incapable of fighting a defensive fight and Martinez is more than happy getting punches to get punches and I do not think Pacquiao is big enough to be able to exchange with Martinez. As for Mayweather I think Mayweather’s defense would make the fight a little bit tougher for Martinez but I don’t doubt at all that Martinez could beat Mayweather. Although it would not surprise me to see Mayweather rise above Martinez. Hopefully we see at least 2 of the 3 of these guys fight sometime in the next year or two because with the age of all these fighters, they are running out of time.