Martinez was previously in the light-middleweight division, where he held the WBC light-middleweight title, as well as the WBC Latino title. Also, he has competed in the welterweight division, where he held the WBO Latino title.
Martínez was formerly rated as the number three pound for pound best boxer in the world - behind Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao - by most sporting news and boxing websites, including Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, and The Ring. In 2010 he received The Ring and BWAA "Fighter of the Year" and The Ring "Knockout of the Year" awards. In 2010 and 2012 he received the World Boxing Council "Boxer of the Year" award. Martinez holds notable victories over former world champions Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams, Sergiy Dzinziruk, Darren Barker and Julio César Chávez, Jr..
Outside the ring, Martinez has been an active spokesperson in the fight against bullying and domestic violence against women.
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