By Conrad Primero
Maravilla! Maravilla! Move over Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.! All hail the new Pound-4-Pound King in boxing Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez.
Wow! What an amazingly dominant performance by Argentina’s Sergio Martinez on Saturday night. Sergiy “Razor” Dzinziruk is no slouch, he is a world champion at 154-pounds and a very good technical boxer and he has never lost or been dropped in his entire boxing career until he met a man of superior skill in Sergio Martinez, who handed him his first taste of the canvas and first loss (by 8th round TKO).
Sergio Martinez surpassed Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao and Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. in my book, he is the best fighter out there today. Floyd is the most complete boxer, but he is inactive and Manny keeps fighting has beens and guys who are not in their prime. Martinez dominates top competition in their prime, men also much younger and fresher than him, while Mayweather and Pacquiao specifically fight guys past their prime.
HBO was wise to reject the Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga and Manny Pacquiao vs. Sugar Shane Mosley pay-per-views because those fights are garbage. Boxing fans don’t want to see horrible match-ups like that, they want to see the best fighting the best and Sergio Martinez only wants the best and he doesn’t want to rest until he gets the toughest fights.
What separates Martinez from the former Pound-4-Pound kings Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are his desire to fight the best regardless of money.
Pacquiao and Mayweather both fight for pay checks and are willing to fight soft touches or mismatches. Sergio Martinez doesn’t want a bum of the month club, he was given many opportunities to defend his belt against easy fights but Martinez told his promoter Lou DiBella “NO!, I only want tough fighters and the best at 154 and 160,” you gotta love that in a fighter.
Sergio Martinez is a breath of fresh air to boxing. He has the old school mentality and the skill to back up his desire.
He has proven himself to be the best in boxing, followed by Filipino-American boxer Nonito Donaire. Nonito also has great skills and a desire to fight the best in his division.
Fighters like Martinez and Nonito Donaire should be praised over the media darlings Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.. We should support the fighters who really want to prove themselves against the best, not two part-time fighters content on fighting soft touches for big bucks.
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