There’s no guarantee that if Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr beats Miguel Cotto next month he will call on Manny Pacquiao next.
A victory over Cotto will make Mayweather the WBA light-middleweight champion and he may opt to move up in weight.
Roger Mayweather, trainer and uncle of the undefeated American, said part of Floyd’s agenda is to win the middleweight championship. It should be against Sergio Martinez, the reigning WBC middleweight champion from Argentina, and it’s a fight worth watching as well.
While everybody wants Mayweather v Pacquiao, the reigning WBC welterweight king has already shown interest in the fight against Martinez. “I can’t rule out the future, you know down the line I may want to make that jump and fight at middleweight, you just never know,” Mayweather said.
“I just want to give the fans exciting fights and if Martinez is the guy at that time then we shall see, but right now my main focus is on Miguel Cotto on 5 May.”
Mayweather has won seven world titles in five weight divisions – super-feather, lightweight, light-welter, welterweight and light-middleweight – and is searching for another one.
If Mayweather eventually wins the middleweight crown he can retire as the only boxer in history to rule six weight divisions without taking a single loss.
Pacquiao has won eight world titles in as many weight classes, also a first in boxing history, but has lost three times, two of them by knockout, against 54 wins and two draws.
Mayweather stands at 42-0, and to the 35-year-old stylist it’s the zero that matters most. To him, staying undefeated is the true measure of greatness.
Pacquiao defends his WBO welterweight crown against Tim Bradley on 9 June. By that time, Mayweather should have regained the light-middleweight title he won against Oscar dela Hoya in 2007.
But instead of dropping down to 147lbs to fight Pacquiao or call on the Filipino superstar to challenge him at 154lbs, he is keen to move up to 160lbs and face Martinez.
Pacquiao, 34, won’t fight any higher than 147lbs the rest of his life and no way he would fight Mayweather at 154lbs, much more at 160lbs, if the latter wins the middleweight title.