Sergio Martinez Online video Ranking: 4 / 5
The long mooted fight between Argentine boxing legend Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto has moved a step closer to become a reality after the two boxers agreed to terms of the fight and the billing for the show.
It has been reported that the representatives of the two veteran boxers have been in negotiations for months over a clash on the 7th of June at the fabled Madison Square Garden in New York but minor details required ironing out which delayed the official announcement of the fight.
According to sources close to the camp of the Argentine, he is happy for the fight to be promoted as ‘Cotto vs. Martinez’, despite him being the World Boxing Council or the WBC Middleweight Championship holder.
If reports in his homeland are to be believed, this could be the last match for Sergio Martinez, who will turn 39 in February. Although he has cemented his legacy in his own right, he has struggled with injuries over the last few years and he was pushed close to the edge in his last few bouts against Darren Barker as well as two more British boxers in Matthew Macklin and Martin Murray.
Cotto, at 33 years old, is aiming for one last payday as well with many observers believing him to be past his days of glory and after some time off the sport, the man who has earned three world titles across three divisions is set for his final bow after the fight against Sergio Martinez.
Having hired famous trainer Freddie Roach, Cotto has shown glimpses of his old self but the fight against Martinez will be his first as a Middleweight and in spite of his impressive performance in his last fight, not many are giving him much of a chance against the Argentine.
Sergio Martinez Video clip Rating: four / five
Miguel Cotto is probably the happiest man in boxing right now. The Puerto Rican boxer has not had the best couple of years inside the ring, but the veteran boxer, one of the biggest and probably the most proven star in American boxing circles is juggling offers of taking on the new poster boy of Golden Boy Promotions Saul Alvarez as well as Argentina boxing legend Sergio Martinez.
The 33 year old was initially offered a staggering package of $ 10 million for a bout against Mexican up and comer Saul Alvarez for a March meeting. But now, he has been offered a bigger wallet to take on Martinez with reports emerging from Argentina putting the figure at over $ 15 million for a June showdown.
And he will be hoping that whatever matches he chooses, he will be able to come good after losing two consecutive matches in 2012. Although at 33 years of age, Cotto is perhaps not in his best shape, the match against Sergio Martinez presents him the unique opportunity for him to claim yet another world title.
Having won the world title in the 140, 147 and 154 lbs weight categories, a match against the Argentine will offer him the chance of winning his fourth title at the 160 lbs weight division.
And with Sergio Martinez not looking in the best of form, Cotto will look to take advantage of the situation as he looks to rebuild his career before pulling down the curtains on a glittering career. Having been battered for much of the game before winning his match against Martin Murray, Martinez will be returning to action for the first time in months for the match in June and this lack of action will be something that could work in favor of Cotto as well.
Sergio Martinez Video Ranking: four / five