Sergio Martinez and adviser Sampson Lewkowicz answered questions from press row immediately after his 11th-round KO of Darren Barker on Oct. 1 in Atlantic City, N.J. The middleweight champ discussed his nose injury and gave Barker a lot of credit for his game effort.
“He’s as good as I was four years ago, and that is very dangerous,” Martinez said.
He added that he did not overlook Barker and expected a tough fight.
“It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” he said.
Lewkowicz said he and Martinez’s promoter Lou DiBella will not allow the middleweight champ to fight above 160 pounds.
They reiterated that Martinez will drop as low as 150 pounds to get a mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.