Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs) and Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs) will fight at The Madison Square Garden in New York on June 7, 2014. This will be Cotto’s first fight at middleweight, against an already experienced middleweight fighter that is naturally bigger than him. Martinez is a fast southpaw that stands at 5’10 with a 73 inch reach while Cotto, an orthodox fighter, stands at 5’7 with a 67 inch reach. Some people say that it’s no way that Cotto can win unless Martinez gets old overnight. He is 39 years old while Cotto is 33. But Martinez didn’t look so spectacular in his last fight with Martin Murray in April of last year, although he did look great in his fight before that with Julio Caesar Chavez, Jr. before getting dropped in the 12th round, still winning a unanimous decision. On the other hand, Cotto looked spectacular in his last fight with Delvin Rodriguez back in October of 2013, but he had 2 losses before that to Austin Trout and Floyd Mayweather. So if you go by the saying “you’re only as good as your last fight”, then Cotto has the advantage on that one. I’m just not sure if 159 is a good weight for him being that he is already a small junior middleweight at 154.
On the Faceoff with Max Kellerman, Martinez started it off by calling Cotto a “diva”. He said that Cotto made demands “that only a diva would make." Cotto fired back by saying that Martinez is the B side, while he is the A side. Martinez asked Cotto how is he the A side when he’s never beaten an A opponent and Cotto said that he sells the tickets and fills the stadium, that he has sold out the MSG 9 times and fought on PPV. Martinez said that Cotto could have made other demands that would have hurt his body, such as a few pounds to fight at 156 or 157. Cotto said that he wanted to negotiate for 158, but Martinez said that he couldn’t fight at less than 159.
Martinez said that Cotto won’t make it past 9 rounds, and that he better prepare well because he is going for the KO. He said little by little, he will break Cotto down. Cotto responded that after the 9th round, comes 10,11 and 12 and that he is preparing for a 12 round fight.
If Cotto wins, he will be the first Puerto Rican boxer to win titles in 4 different weight divisions. Martinez asked Max who he would bet on, and after a little hesitation Max said that Martinez is the correctly favored fighter. I agree with that. Even though Martinez hasn’t fought in over a year and Cotto just fought 7 months ago, Martinez is still the bigger and more experienced man at middleweight. And he’s a fast southpaw. Cotto is a great body puncher and will give it his all but a healthy Martinez will make it a long night for Cotto. But if Martinez gets another injury, then it just as well may be a long night for him. This is an intriguing fight when you look at the pros and cons of each guy and I can’t wait to see it. I will be rooting for Miguel Cotto, as I have always been a huge fan.
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