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Arum: Pacquiao-Martinez unlikely
Bob Arum, promoter of Manny Pacquiao, says fans should not hold their breath for a showdown between RING middleweight champ Sergio Martinez and his fighter, who fights at welterweight.
Promoter Bob Arum says the size differential between welterweight beltholder Manny Pacquiao and middleweight champ Sergio Martinez is too great to make a fight between the two superstars, currently ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in THE RING magazine's pound-for-pound ratings.
Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 knockouts) began his professional career at 106 pounds in 1995, and the heaviest he's weighed in is 145 3/4 pounds -- his weight for the Joshua Clottey bout in March of 2010 -- and he doesn't add significant weight between the weigh-in and fight time. He stands 5 foot, 5 1/2 inches tall and has a reach of 67 inches.
Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) stands 5-10, has a 75-inch reach, and made his pro debut at 146 3/4 pounds. He weighed in at 159 1/2 pounds for his 2009 victory over Kelly Pavlik, and was 158 3/4 in his most-recent bout, a TKO of Serhiy Dzinziruk in March.
If Pacquiao fought Martinez, it most likely would be at a catch-weight of 150, Arum said, but he doesn't think Martinez could reach that weight.
"It's a fight I believe Manny could win, but it's a fight that's a little crazy because Manny gets in the ring (on fight night) at 147 or 148," Arum told Chris LaBate of BoxingScene. "Sergio Martinez, even if he could make 150 pounds -- which I don't know if he can -- gets in the ring at 175. You're asking Manny to spot a fighter like Sergio Martinez 27 pounds, which is unheard of."
Meanwhile, Arum didn't entirely rule out the possibility of a Pacquiao-Martinez collision at some point.
"I think Manny can win the fight, but it would take a lot out of him," the promoter said. "And maybe down the road we'll do that, but I wouldn't recommend it."
Dennis Taylor is editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com and co-host of The Ringside Boxing Show.