Cotto Beats Martinez, Who Doesn't Come Out For Rd 10

BY Michael Woods ON June 07, 2014
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Cotto Beats Martinez

Miguel Cotto came out in round one on Sergio Martinez like a cop at an Occupy rally, knocking down the Argentine three times in the main event at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Sergio had no pop, and his legs look fairly weak, as the Puerto Rican threw power punches through nine rounds. After a nasty ninth, in which he went down again, the Martinez team pulled the plug.

Six seconds elapsed into round ten, and the crowd hit a vicious decibel level as Michael Buffer handed over the middleweight baton.

It was a stunner, even for this sport we revere, as the theater of the unexpected.

After, Cotto said he wanted a rest, and then said to Max Kellerman he will listen to Freddie Roach on what's next. Sergio to Max didn't want to offer any excuses. He said he agreed with his trainer Pablo Sarmiento pulling the plug.

Cotto went 212-395 to 100-322 for the loser, outlanded in power shots 158 to 60.

Top Rank and Lou DiBella promoted the event, for the record.

Martinez, for the record, didn't win a single round on the cards of Tom Schreck, Max DeLuca and Guido Cavalerri.

Roach after said he was proud of Cotto, and cracked, "I think we passed the audition...We won every round." Of Sergio, Freddie said he's "got a lot of balls" for getting up three times in the first. He said Miguel's defense was great. He loved his head movement and how he controlled the ring. 

HBO showed the mainer and select fights on PPV.

Martinez, 40 in February, entered 51-2-2, having been droped once in his last three bouts (Matthew Macklin, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Martin Murray). Cotto, age 33, loser of two of his last three, to Floyd Mayweather and Austin Trout, came in at 38-4.

Cotto, the ex 140, 147, 154 pound champ came to the ring first, to no walkout music, and the buzz was minimal. Then Martinez came out, to music and a solid buzz.

In the first, down went Sergio. He went down again, on his butt, at the minute mark. And again, on his butt. Three knockdowns for Cotto and the roof was almost blown off.

In the second, down went Sergio, but it was a slip. Sergio circled to his left, jabbed some, and did better slipping left hooks.

In the third, they banged heads. The jab touched Cotto, and Sergio slipped better. His left was getting in and this round was a Martinez frame.

In the fourth, Cotto worked the left hook, buzzed Sergio midway through. The champ yelled to c'mon and Cotto did. Sergio circled left the whole time, into the right, but Cotto still landed that left. Serge's pop was pretty weak, to this point. Sergio wasn't moving as much laterally by now.

In the fifth, it was a tighter round. Sergio pecked at Cotto, who didn't have as much luck with his rushes.

In the sixth, Sergio dictated distance but then Cotto came on late, as the gap closed.

In the seventh, SM was busier early. Did Cotto win the round, with his better power in the last minute, or did Sergio's boxing in the first two thirds take it?

In the eighth, Martinez' lack of power was again noticeable. He jabbed OK, but  every time Cotto threw power, the crowd went ballistic.

In the ninth, Cotto was a mean brute. Cotto had a another knockdown when Sergio hit with a knee. The Cotto jab was landing clean and hard and Sergio had no pop to dissuade.

His corner pulled the plug before the tenth started.

It was one of the more stunning events seen at the Garden in recent memory, with so many experts talking about how ugly this could be, in favor of Martinez. There will be no shortage of folks who will opine that Sergio should call it a career. What say you, readers?

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The Good Doctor says:

"A good big man beats a good little man every day of the week."

Take that addage and throw it in the garbage!

Looks like Freddie Roach will be picking up another "Trainer of the Year" award!

Easy One To See Coming: Bob Arum has Miguel Cotto. Oscar de la Hoya has Canelo Alvarez. Oscar and Marsa Bob are talking again. Cotto vs Alvarez in a PR-Mex war in the Fall on PPV. Huge!

-Randy G.



100% on their Commish. I would be willing to be that if Cotto beats Canelo, they try and line up a Cotto-Chavez Jr bout.

The Cotto that showed up tonight would have beaten a completely healthy Sergio in my opinion. Sergio was a great champ but you have to stick the fork in him.

Grimm says:

A masterful performance by a hyper-sharp Cotto, a pale but gutsy performance by a wartorn Martinez. Cottos footwork, distance, narrowing and blistering powerpunches where a beauty. No doubt did we see the mark of Roach.

Martinez is done. Hopefully he can go back to Argentina, enjoy the World Cup in Brazil and conclude it's all over. He's had a great career, and even more so in the light of his late start in the sport. Classy comments after the fight, from an over all classy guy.

mortcola says:

Something I have written many times - the great athlete with home-brew boxing skills will eventually be decimated by a technically sharp and strong fighter who can nullify his speed and power with technique, accuracy and pressure. Martinez can dominate most fighters with physical gifts and cleverness. But he does not know how to box. Cotto put on a career best power boxing performance, but Martinez, surprisingly (though I pictured it in my head leading up), simply could not match Cotto’s sheer discipline, his knowledge of all the angles, his ability to make Martinez’ unorthodox punches work against him. Kudos to Martinez for wanting another chance, but especially for Cotto for fighting a perfect fight just when people were writing him off as too big and too damaged. This will be remembered for decades.

DaveB says:

It looked like it was going to be a first round blow out. Cotto was clearly superior. Sergio's knees hurt him and he definitely needed that miracle come from behind knock out but he has needed that for his last few fights save Chavez.

Radam G says:

Something I have written many times - the great athlete with home-brew boxing skills will eventually be decimated by a technically sharp and strong fighter who can nullify his speed and power with technique, accuracy and pressure. Martinez can dominate most fighters with physical gifts and cleverness. But he does not know how to box. Cotto put on a career best power boxing performance, but Martinez, surprisingly (though I pictured it in my head leading up), simply could not match Cotto’s sheer discipline, his knowledge of all the angles, his ability to make Martinez’ unorthodox punches work against him. Kudos to Martinez for wanting another chance, but especially for Cotto for fighting a perfect fight just when people were writing him off as too big and too damaged. This will be remembered for decades.


The wrong people -- not in da know -- were writing M-Co off. Those who knew what time it was knew what it was. Team Ser-Mart had the chances of lightning striking on a clear, blue night. Holla!

stormcentre says:

RG - I think you and I, and maybe a few others, maybe the only few that dared to even suggest that Miguel Cotto could possibly do well against Martinez.

You, even more than me.

Still, props to everyone as the fight was not entirely an easy pick given all the tangibles.

If anyone has a link to the whole fight that would be appreciated.

SouthPawFlo says:

Sergio had a good run, but I think it's time to hang them up, Cotto has a litany of options in front of him see how he can fight on both sides of the (warming up lately) Cold War..

Canelo
Floyd
GGG
James Kirkland
Peter Quillin


Pretty much anybody at 154-160



Good fight Cotto, you did Puerto Rico Proud tonight.

the Roast says:

I am stunned. Cotto the Middleweight Champ? I never thought he had a chance. RG and Deep called it from the jump.

stormcentre says:

I am stunned. Cotto the Middleweight Champ? I never thought he had a chance. RG and Deep called it from the jump.


Yes they did - right from the start.

teaser says:

who'd have thunk it ?lol….only radman and a few others…for Cotto to be so effective and Sergio so ineffective…and that first round !

thegreyman says:

Well done done to both guys for a great fight, and well done to the new middleweight champ. I was only 1 round off in my prediction, after Sergio came in with almost every advantage on paper.

Skibbz says:

Well didn't the real facts come to light on the night! Full credit to Cotto and his team for the great display.

Martinez did what he always did and that's get up and fight but he was held together in too many places by weak tape and rusty nails. It's a shame but his time is up and he most certainly knew it before going into the bout... He just did what all great fighters do and did his job to the best of his abilities, however handicapped.

Electrifying night it must have been inside the stadium, it was incredible and unthinkable when Martinez didn't come out for the 10th.. Cotto really got him bad.

In the ring there's no where to hide your weaknesses, your opponent especially at this level will surely find it and capitalise on it without mercy or remorse, as Cotto did.

Who will Cotto face now, Canelo? Floyd?

I think it'll probably be back to Canelo to take him up on his offer, what a good fight that'll be.. I'm taking the red headed hype in that one if it's made. Cotto a champ at middleweight.. Still shocking. Well done.

The_King_AJ says:

Honestly, all credit to Sergio Martinez. The guy was shaky whenever a punch landed on him, his punch resistance completely diminished, his style does not go hand in hand with the ageing process either, yet he lasted right to the very end. The heart of a true champion. He made no excuses either and make a graceful exit to the sport. I am delighted he didn't go into the ring against Golovkin because I knew that Golovkin would possibly permanently damage Martinez, Martinez deserves a lot more than to be subjected to such punishment.
Cotto looked better than I'd ever seen him regardless of how much Sergio slipped. He didn't gas out either, he kept pressuring throughout the fight, cutting the ring off well, he varied his punches beyond just the left hook.
Cotto is probably a Future Hall of Famer now having beaten the legit champ at Middleweight.
One thing I would love to know is, who is Cotto going to fight next?

There's Golovkin, Quillin, Canelo, maybe even Mayweather 2.

I'm pretty sure promoters will try and bring Canelo-Cotto into motion, and Golovkin will not happen.

Nevertheless, the crowd were great even for the Verdejo fight.

Froggy says:

WOW ! I am glad I had no money on this one, I would have lost my shirt ! I hope Sergio retires, his body has went through too much and without his mobility I think it would be fruitless to continue !He is not making excuses though, class act ! Hats off to Cotto and of course Roach [another trainer of the year award coming up] !

amayseng says:

What has Amayseng been saying for years is the most important attribute of an aging fighter???

Adjusting, you need to adjust as time gets to you. Hopkins has been an example of this. The reflexes slow down so adjustments are a must to stay out of certain unsafe situations.

Sergio, you are near 40, been absent from the ring for 13 months, rust and your timing being off is expected along with decreasing mobility and agility from numerous leg injuries and surgeries so what is the first thing you should start working on in training camp against a fantastic left hook puncher???? Well that would be keeping that right hand on the chin all night to protect yourself from those hooks. And what did he do from the opening bell you ask, absolutely NOT putting that glove up once, the first hook Cotto landed staggered Sergio and resulted in a knockdown, then 2 more. In fact Sergio never attempted to block that hook he continued to try to move and lean away from it, yeah that didnt work as Cotto kept bouncing them off his head at ease.

How in the world does a world class champion boxer not understand he needs to make this adjustment and add it to his defense??

Taking nothing away from Cotto but it was apparent Sergio didn't even do any sparring in fear of re injury in training camp leading up to the fight.

Cotto looked sharp power boxing but he also looked fantastic moving in and out and louring Sergio in to his counters.

Cotto looked good, but he demolished an old and shot fighter who had barely anything to offer.


Cotto should fight Canelo next, whom he will beat convincingly (too much experience and talent for Canelo)

then he could beat Quillen as well.

Cotto should stay away from GGG if he wants to continue holding onto a belt.

It would be intriguing to see if Cotto with Roach fight Floyd he didnt look good in his last bout.

thegreyman says:

What has Amayseng been saying for years is the most important attribute of an aging fighter???

Adjusting, you need to adjust as time gets to you. Hopkins has been an example of this. The reflexes slow down so adjustments are a must to stay out of certain unsafe situations.

Sergio, you are near 40, been absent from the ring for 13 months, rust and your timing being off is expected along with decreasing mobility and agility from numerous leg injuries and surgeries so what is the first thing you should start working on in training camp against a fantastic left hook puncher???? Well that would be keeping that right hand on the chin all night to protect yourself from those hooks. And what did he do from the opening bell you ask, absolutely NOT putting that glove up once, the first hook Cotto landed staggered Sergio and resulted in a knockdown, then 2 more. In fact Sergio never attempted to block that hook he continued to try to move and lean away from it, yeah that didnt work as Cotto kept bouncing them off his head at ease.

How in the world does a world class champion boxer not understand he needs to make this adjustment and add it to his defense??

Taking nothing away from Cotto but it was apparent Sergio didn't even do any sparring in fear of re injury in training camp leading up to the fight.

Cotto looked sharp power boxing but he also looked fantastic moving in and out and louring Sergio in to his counters.

Cotto looked good, but he demolished an old and shot fighter who had barely anything to offer.


Cotto should fight Canelo next, whom he will beat convincingly (too much experience and talent for Canelo)

then he could beat Quillen as well.

Cotto should stay away from GGG if he wants to continue holding onto a belt.

It would be intriguing to see if Cotto with Roach fight Floyd he didnt look good in his last bout.


I'd love to see Cotto Canelo, and I reckon Cotto would have the better of him as well. Canelo has never been exposed to Cotto's brand of elite pressure, and he wont have the experience to make the necessary adjustments to deal with it.

the Roast says:

Cotto vs Canelo is a can't miss brawl if Canelo gets by Lara. That is a big if.

Grimm says:

How in the world does a world class champion boxer not understand he needs to make this adjustment and add it to his defense??


Habits are hard to break, and in the line of fire - even harder. Epecially when you, to start with, lack the fundamentals. We will never know, but I wonder how good Sergio could have been had he got off to an earlier start in the sport, during those years when a boxer is best taught and molded - and what you learn stick with you for a lifetime. Considering his athleticism and obvious sense for the sport, I guess he would've been something really, truly special. On the other hand, had he started - and been 'discovered' early - the very style that made him unique would have been transformed into something way more conventional and, perhaps, not at all that succesful. Oh well, just thinking.

Radam G says:

Honestly, all credit to Sergio Martinez. The guy was shaky whenever a punch landed on him, his punch resistance completely diminished, his style does not go hand in hand with the ageing process either, yet he lasted right to the very end. The heart of a true champion. He made no excuses either and make a graceful exit to the sport. I am delighted he didn't go into the ring against Golovkin because I knew that Golovkin would possibly permanently damage Martinez, Martinez deserves a lot more than to be subjected to such punishment.
Cotto looked better than I'd ever seen him regardless of how much Sergio slipped. He didn't gas out either, he kept pressuring throughout the fight, cutting the ring off well, he varied his punches beyond just the left hook.
Cotto is probably a Future Hall of Famer now having beaten the legit champ at Middleweight.
One thing I would love to know is, who is Cotto going to fight next?

There's Golovkin, Quillin, Canelo, maybe even Mayweather 2.

I'm pretty sure promoters will try and bring Canelo-Cotto into motion, and Golovkin will not happen.

Nevertheless, the crowd were great even for the Verdejo fight.


Prizefighting to da max. And you have to pay government tax. There are minimum peanuts in fighting 3g. There is a mint in fighting the gingerbread boy. What's up, a blind man can see. Prizefighting or pride fighting, which is the "Real McCoy?"

That is what I thought! Cotton whuppin' the red-headed hype's arse is already brought. Holla!

oubobcat says:

I must say I really thought Martinez would handle Cotto. However, Cotto turned out to have a lot more left in the tank than I thought and certainly a lot more than Martinez. And Cotto also did an absolutely masterful job cutting the ring off in this fight.

To me, Martinez got old before our eyes. He was trying to move to start the fight but the movement just wasn't what it used to be. His punches just looked to be much weaker than what we had seen of a Martinez just a few years ago.

This is not to get down on the performance of Cotto. It was clear early that Freddie Roach worked with Cotto on cutting off the ring and he did that to perfection early which allowed him to land those bombs in the first round. He was determined to make a statement in this fight and he certainly did as much.

I echo the sentiments about Canelo being next as long as Canelo gets by Lara next month. That fight just makes a ton of sense at this point and the money will be substantial for both sides now and much more so than if say the fight would have taken place in March. No need to "marinate" it, just make it happen.

The Good Doctor says:

Cotto vs Canelo is a can't miss brawl if Canelo gets by Lara. That is a big if.



Roast you bring up an interesting point. Alot of the boxing community is talking about Cotto-Canelo already without even dignifying that Canelo has a real fighter in front of him in a few weeks. If Canelo gets mauled, which could happen but I don't think will, Cotto may think about another opponent because the luster will be off of Canelo.

Something else that is scary is that if Lara beats Canelo, we may be questioning Canelo's career at 24 years old. I have said it before and I will say it again especially if Canelo loses, do not rule out Cotto v. Chavez Jr.

Radam G says:

I must say I really thought Martinez would handle Cotto. However, Cotto turned out to have a lot more left in the tank than I thought and certainly a lot more than Martinez. And Cotto also did an absolutely masterful job cutting the ring off in this fight.

To me, Martinez got old before our eyes. He was trying to move to start the fight but the movement just wasn't what it used to be. His punches just looked to be much weaker than what we had seen of a Martinez just a few years ago.

This is not to get down on the performance of Cotto. It was clear early that Freddie Roach worked with Cotto on cutting off the ring and he did that to perfection early which allowed him to land those bombs in the first round. He was determined to make a statement in this fight and he certainly did as much.

I echo the sentiments about Canelo being next as long as Canelo gets by Lara next month. That fight just makes a ton of sense at this point and the money will be substantial for both sides now and much more so than if say the fight would have taken place in March. No need to "marinate" it, just make it happen.


C'mon, O-cat! Ser-Mart didn't age before anybody's eyes. He got his arse handed to him. Five or six ago, I said then that M-Co, Money May and Da Manny would kayo Ser-Mart. He is a talented, quick athlete who happened to be boksing good enough to beat down super hypes.

He will be making noise until he is 50 against those type of pugs. But he will never, ever beat the fighting greats or even super good ones. Holla!

Skibbz says:

It was the knee that was what caused it all. Nothing about being shot in my opinion. He kept Cotto honest for several rounds even without really being able to put much weight or turn that knee... It's incredible to think that he endured pretty much fighting on a useless knee for 9 rounds and was willing to continue.

Radam G says:

Roast you bring up an interesting point. Alot of the boxing community is talking about Cotto-Canelo already without even dignifying that Canelo has a real fighter in front of him in a few weeks. If Canelo gets mauled, which could happen but I don't think will, Cotto may think about another opponent because the luster will be off of Canelo.

Something else that is scary is that if Lara beats Canelo, we may be questioning Canelo's career at 24 years old. I have said it before and I will say it again especially if Canelo loses, do not rule out Cotto v. Chavez Jr.


Even in arch defeat "the luster will..." not be off Canelo. It is all about the money. Canelo has the second richest man -- "Carlos Slim" --on the planet behind him.

Beside Lara's only chance of winning is by kayo. He will not be allowed to mess up the biggest money-making fight ever between two Latins. He is Latin, himself, but not with the money-making juice of M-Co and hyped-up Cinnamon Roll -- I mean Canelo. Holla!

brownsugar says:

Lara will not beat Canelo in his own venue as the b side unless he puts a definitive one-sided beating on Canelo. The fight will most likely be much closer than that.

brownsugar says:

What day is it? ... All I remember is waking up in a cold sweat late this afternoon. My pulse was racing, my breathing was irregular, and my head was throbbing...... I had the most vivid nightmare that Cotton had just beat the living crap out of Martinez in a one sided beat-down.

Wait that wasn't a nightmare?

At least It wasn't my nightmare.

I thought it was strange Maravilla wasn't doing much of a warmup before the fight.
And he came out wearing a conspicous pair of gigantic trunks that resembled a chef's apron. Purposely oversized to obsure the view of the medicinal sleeves he wore for his injured knees.

Martinez might have deserved the payday..... for the years of distinguished service he provided for the legions of boxing fans who appreciated his work.

But the fight was a disservice to the fans .........
to compete in a world title fight with the knowledge that he couldn't be competitive without the aid of a wheelchair.

If the fight was against anyone else except the honorable Miguel Cotto I'd petition HBO for a refund for presenting a fraudulent product.

This was supposed to be a fight between two champions .... Not a fight between a future hall of famer and a handicapped athlete.

Congrats to Cotto and to everyone who called it in his favor.

Cotto has solidified his place in boxing history... Couldnt have happened to a better guy.

stormcentre says:

A very interesting (and perhaps prophetic) comment was made by Martinez’s trainer in one of the 24/7 promos.

I forget his name, but Martinez’ trainer proudly, claimed - as he discussed how he/they did things differently to other fighters, trainers and Cotto’s camp - that Martinez didn’t spar very much.

That caught my attention for all the obvious reasons.

I was concerned not just because I believe the philosophy was wrong - but also because it’s certainly not something I would advertise either, and as such it said a lot about the experience and knowledge of the trainer in my humble opinion.

There’s a very good reason why long, hard and high intensity sparring sessions are a common item on many championship fighters’ agenda as they prepare for fights, particularly those at world class.

In fact long, hard and high intensity sparring sessions are often an item on many championship fighters’ agenda even if they don’t prepare for fights.

What happened on Saturday night between Martinez and Cotto was, in my opinion, that the list of Martinez’ fundamental flaws - that usually have made Martinez so cleverly unorthodox that it, combined with his much celebrated athleticism that has itself befuddled most opponents as much as it has presented difficulty to both prepare and/or find sparring partners that can accurately emulate it - collided with someone that had the amateur pedigree, professional experience and power to capitalize.

Miguel Cotto.

Very rarely does a guy (like Sergio Martinez) without an iron jaw and with that many fundamental flaws - particularly once the athletic gifts that allowed their unusual and unique style to confuse and get past contenders and also some world class fighters to pay dividends - last long at the championship level of boxing; once the glue that held all the intricate moving parts together (their athleticism, health and confidence) starts to slip and/or come unstuck.

Not in the least as Sergio Martinez - as the Kelly Pavlik fight revealed (exposed?) has no plan “B” at that level.

Cotto and Roach knew this.

Sergio Martinez simply couldn’t of had because he doesn’t have the pedigree that only comes from the formal experience and knowledge that’s associated with a good amateur career; where you learn all the tricks of the trade without too much risk.

This is also why Cotto was - too my surprise - able to (re) learn some of the dangerous or risky moves and punches required to diffuse Sergio’s strengths, and also put them into practice with the no doubt extended sparring sessions that Sergio’s trainer dismissed.

The fact that Cotto probably did all this with someone like Pacquiao, whom is faster and just as mobile as Martinez, was why he was so ready for Sergio.

More than Sergio Martinez expected in my opinion.

Cotto and Roach also knew not only this - but also that Manny Pacquiao would undoubtedly provide Cotto with a level of preparation for Martinez, that Martinez simply would not be used to.

So, with it all put together with Roaches’ obvious knowledge about why Southpaws have an advantage, what their weakness are, how to exploit them, and the guidance Roach can provide on those considerations combined with the fact that Cotto is now with a trainer that can actually handle and, where required, dictate to him; Cotto’s preparation (and both pedigree and recent match practice with exceptional and Southpaw fighters) put him in a state of readiness that Martinez probably couldn’t envisage.

And it was extremely valuable preparation installed into a Martinez opponent that probably would have surprised Sergio even if it was not embedded into someone as vicious, dangerous, experienced, dedicated, strong and as effective as Cotto is.

The fact that it was embedded into someone as dangerous, recently/experienced, powerful and as effective as Cotto is, meant that Martinez simply had nowhere to run once he realized that Cotto had his number.

And, as soon as Martinez realized he was undone and without many of the advantages that he normally enjoys, the lack of any plan “B” or formal boxing skills that have been practiced and practiced to the point where they become second nature, also became abundantly evident too.

Please be aware that my criticism is at championship level here, and it is not intended to slag anyone off - just observations.

There's a reason why Cotto and his camp were so confident, and there's a reason why Cotto was so effective.

Both guys are great fighters and great people.

But whilst age and health is not on your side and when you're without a granite jaw, there is really no substitute for learning the tricks of the trade via a good amateur program and all the experience that goes with that.

Particularly, as Martinez showed us and found himself, in with a guy like Cotto that has done all that.

As guys like Cotto, for all the above-mentioned reasons and even more; know fundamental flaws, opportunities to make history, and a cause significant enough to motivate them - when they see them.

In fact they don’t even have to sight them, Cotto would have probably sensed it.

What’s more, even if Cotto didn’t then the Kelly Pavlik and Julio Cesar Chavez fights were all he needed to see.

amayseng says:

What day is it? ... All I remember is waking up in a cold sweat late this afternoon. My pulse was racing, my breathing was irregular, and my head was throbbing...... I had the most vivid nightmare that Cotto had just beat the living crap out of Martinez in a one sided beat-down.

Wait that wasn't a nightmare?

At least It wasn't my nightmare.

I thought it was strange Maravilla wasn't doing much of a warmup before the fight.
And he came out wearing a conspicous pair of gigantic trunks that resembled a chef's apron. Purposely oversized to obsure the view of the medicinal sleeves he wore for his injured knees.

Martinez might have deserved the payday..... for the years of distinguished service he provided for the legions of boxing fans who appreciated his work.

But the fight was a disservice to the fans .........
to compete in a world title fight with the knowledge that he couldn't be competitive without the aid of a wheelchair.

If the fight was against anyone else except the honorable Miguel Cotto I'd petition HBO for a refund for presenting a fraudulent product.

This was supposed to be a fight between two champions .... Not a fight between a future hall of famer and a handicapped athlete.

Congrats to Cotto and to everyone who called it in his favor.

Cotto has solidified his place in boxing history... Couldnt have happened to a better guy.


I can see your point, I state awhile back, (working in rehab for 9 years now) I knew that Sergio would no longer be mobile and fleet of foot, that he will instead stay in that pocket and sit down through his punches..

with a bum knee its easier to just be planted and throw then have to stop your movement and momentum, plant and redistribute weight properly and safely to throw punches. Hence, I expected Sergio and his team to understand adjustments needed to be made to continue for a successful fight.

There were NO adjustments made. None.

No right hand up to guard from the left hooks, no using feints and staying more stationary.

Sergio is a great guy, great ambassador to the sport and deserved one last pay day...

But there is a reason no cameras caught him moving in real speed in training camp and the guy didnt spar..

mortcola says:

Skibbz - this is the same set of damaged knees on which Martinez dominated the whole division. He didn’t limp, he didn’t have trouble pivoting - I think the knee story was hyped in order to have a prepared excuse for a fighter who was starting to look shopworn to his own people.

brownsugar says:

I can see your point, I state awhile back, (working in rehab for 9 years now) I knew that Sergio would no longer be mobile and fleet of foot, that he will instead stay in that pocket and sit down through his punches..

with a bum knee its easier to just be planted and throw then have to stop your movement and momentum, plant and redistribute weight properly and safely to throw punches. Hence, I expected Sergio and his team to understand adjustments needed to be made to continue for a successful fight.

There were NO adjustments made. None.

No right hand up to guard from the left hooks, no using feints and staying more stationary.

Sergio is a great guy, great ambassador to the sport and deserved one last pay day...

But there is a reason no cameras caught him moving in real speed in training camp and the guy didnt spar..


A lot of great comments on this thread by everyone...

It was very obvious there were a lot of issues with Sergio in addition to the gimpy knees.

Not enough sparring.

No plan B.

Amayseng once a persons knees are as damaged as Martinez's are...... is there any way to recover 100%

amayseng says:

A lot of great comments on this thread by everyone...

It was very obvious there were a lot of issues with Sergio in addition to the gimpy knees.

Not enough sparring.

No plan B.

Amayseng once a persons knees are as damaged as Martinez's are...... is there any way to recover 100%


Nothing will ever be 100%, but depending on the injury and surgery there can be a high potential for recovery..


look at running back Peterson for the Vikings, had an ACL tear, however went out of the country and quietly had stem cell transplants along with reconstructive surgery which probably left him 95%, as opposed to a regular ACL repair leaving him much less.

I could not find anywhere Sergio's exact injuries and surgery. The fact they stated Sergio was on crutches for 7 months tells me something did not go right with the surgery. 7 months on crutches to me is unheard of. Why was he nonweight bearing for 7 months?

Radam G says:

Nothing will ever be 100%, but depending on the injury and surgery there can be a high potential for recovery..


look at running back Peterson for the Vikings, had an ACL tear, however went out of the country and quietly had stem cell transplants along with reconstructive surgery which probably left him 95%, as opposed to a regular ACL repair leaving him much less.

I could not find anywhere Sergio's exact injuries and surgery. The fact they stated Sergio was on crutches for 7 months tells me something did not go right with the surgery. 7 months on crutches to me is unheard of. Why was he nonweight bearing for 7 months?


Oh number lucky 7. Team Ser-Mart is full of bull jive. Ser-Mart had minimum damage, but got a maximum arse thrashing. Holla!

mortcola says:

A lot of great comments on this thread by everyone...

It was very obvious there were a lot of issues with Sergio in addition to the gimpy knees.

Not enough sparring.

No plan B.

Amayseng once a persons knees are as damaged as Martinez's are...... is there any way to recover 100%


Yes- even if Sergio’s knees were the final brick in the wall THIS time, how does that explain an ATG being a sitting duck for a left hook 100% of the time, no counter shots (occasional, actually, meaning he knew the need and could implement) no “plan be” as you say - a superior athlete and UNDEVELOPED BOXER finally exposed by his ATG natural gifts failing him. Also, when he went down, he didn’t point to his knee, didn’t hop up and down - he shook his head, BOTH legs like spaghetti, and admitted after the fight that one of Cotto’s rights (there was at least one in one of the big knockdowns) had him permanently buzzed for the duration of the fight. It weren’t the knees. Cotto would have been a world beater against anyone that night.

brownsugar says:

Nothing will ever be 100%, but depending on the injury and surgery there can be a high potential for recovery..


look at running back Peterson for the Vikings, had an ACL tear, however went out of the country and quietly had stem cell transplants along with reconstructive surgery which probably left him 95%, as opposed to a regular ACL repair leaving him much less.

I could not find anywhere Sergio's exact injuries and surgery. The fact they stated Sergio was on crutches for 7 months tells me something did not go right with the surgery. 7 months on crutches to me is unheard of. Why was he nonweight bearing for 7 months?


I think it was worse than what they are willing to admit.

Stem cell replacement is like cloning the replacement ligaments correct?
Is that available for regular patients or only for the rich and famous?

Skibbz says:

Skibbz - this is the same set of damaged knees on which Martinez dominated the whole division. He didn’t limp, he didn’t have trouble pivoting - I think the knee story was hyped in order to have a prepared excuse for a fighter who was starting to look shopworn to his own people.


You're completely off in my opinion Mortcola. I watched the fight over last night and you can clearly see Sergio doesn't to put any weight on his knee at all. He was buckling not getting knocked down. I've had almost the same injury in my right knee and I can tell you that to this day I still lock my knee on occassion, and I've had the best sport physicians look at it and do their best to heal the damage.

I can't begin to describe the excruciating pain Sergio must have felt, but a true warrior always keeps a cold face to mask their feelings and fights on through no matter the pain they feel, and that's what Sergio was doing.

If you watch his movement and his weight placement you can see he wasn't moving correctly and he did his best to limit the pressure he exerted on his right knee through his movements. At he got more and more warm he was able to push through more of the pain but he's done close to irreparable damage to his knee and his corner should have stepped in much sooner if it wasn't for his pride and face fighting for his nation.

I can tell you of countless times guys put in some extra work without their trainers or coaches, pick up a niggling injury and keep it to themselves.. They work through it and a few sessions later what was a small problem has become something which requires immediate attention. Sergio was on crutches, he had knee braces and according to reports i've read wasn't running and wasn't sparring. His knee is shot and was certainly shot before the first bell. The fighter he is made him determined to put up with whatever pain or damage he would come up against and fight his way through. Unfortunately the heart can't fight against cold hard facts. If your knee refuses to cooperate you can't do anything about it, especially during a fight.

Again I will say it, it was the knee that caused him to look so bad and Cotto look so good. Let's be honest, Martinez was fighting on pure adrenaline and heart with as much of his athleticism he could muster. Cotto could have finished it in the first, could have completed the full job in the 2nd but he took it all the way to the 10th where Martinez corner decided to put an end to the proceedings for everyone else.

I don't want to take anything away from Cotto's performance, but he was up against a battered and ragged fighter who could barely stand on one knee and he almost went the distance. Let's not get excited about a Cotto resurgence..

Skibbz says:

Just to add some personal experience, when I was 15 I had surgery after I tore my PCL (grade 3). I required 9 months of recovery time before my was able to start working my leg close to what it was. After that I requiored another 5 months specialized strength and conditioning exercises on the muscles of my right leg to help the recovery. 7 months of crutches doesn't surprise me as I was on crutches for 9 months. An ACL tear isn't as bad as a PCL tear but both can take 6-12 months if not more in some cases to repair.

brownsugar says:

Yes- even if Sergio’s knees were the final brick in the wall THIS time, how does that explain an ATG being a sitting duck for a left hook 100% of the time, no counter shots (occasional, actually, meaning he knew the need and could implement) no “plan be” as you say - a superior athlete and UNDEVELOPED BOXER finally exposed by his ATG natural gifts failing him. Also, when he went down, he didn’t point to his knee, didn’t hop up and down - he shook his head, BOTH legs like spaghetti, and admitted after the fight that one of Cotto’s rights (there was at least one in one of the big knockdowns) had him permanently buzzed for the duration of the fight. It weren’t the knees. Cotto would have been a world beater against anyone that night.


Cotto did do an outstanding job Mort...but Martinez clearly came to the fight with a significant loss in balance and mobility due to his injuries.
Too obvious to debate. Sergio didnt want to appear to be sore loser and good for him but his trainer confirmed what the world already knows.. The knees dont work anymore ... Not even in a partial capacity.

stormcentre says:

Cotto has amazing power in his left hooks.

As expected, as he has moved up and also grown to become the sole boss and guy that’s calling the shots with final-say power in his own camp (which is not a good thing) the power in his hooks “seems” to have dropped off a little.

But if you have a look at some of his early light/welterweight fights against guys like Pinto, Torres, Malinaggi, Urkal, you can see how his technique and timing is sometimes nothing short of terrifyingly brilliant; often adding up to serious power and a KO.

He absolutely bashed Malignaggi in 2006 as he openly displayed both, his total lack of respect for Paul’s danger and also the power differential that existed between the two of them.

Paul – whom deserves credit for remaining standing in that fight - probably won’t tease Cotto before a fight so much ever again.

I can’t remember which of the other above-mentioned guys the fight was with, but I do recall how in one of them I first noticed one of Cotto’s hooking techniques - the way he used to step in, cleverly time his opponent, and casually throw his left hook - with serious torque picked up from dam near 180 degrees of shoulder rotation and deceptive power channeled from his thighs and hips.

The way Cotto threw the hook was extremely deceptive as he was much looser and, as far as appearances went, appeared far less committed to the punch than was really the case.

In most instances this clandestine approach - where there was effectively none of the usual tell tale signatures of heavy commitment or pace that’s normally associated with devastating KO punches - ensured his opponent was not prepared for the kind of torque that was associated with such a casually thrown medium paced hook.

But they were effective.

The guy knows how to punch and that’s why I didn’t underestimate Cotto’s ability to KO Martinez going into this fight.

Bottom line; the guy knows how to hurt people and has a proven punching technique.

And while his game may not always show it, he knows most moves that are there to be learned and then some.

oubobcat says:

C'mon, O-cat! Ser-Mart didn't age before anybody's eyes. He got his arse handed to him. Five or six ago, I said then that M-Co, Money May and Da Manny would kayo Ser-Mart. He is a talented, quick athlete who happened to be boksing good enough to beat down super hypes.

He will be making noise until he is 50 against those type of pugs. But he will never, ever beat the fighting greats or even super good ones. Holla!


Martinez did get it handed to him no doubt. But I do think he got old and the injuries had taken a toll on him entering the ring. That was not the same Martinez that we saw for 11 rounds against Chavez just two years ago. Nonetheless, it was a great performance by Cotto and he is the Middleweight Champion of the world.

Carmine Cas says:

All credit to Cotto, especially his S&C Coach. Cotto boxed smart and stayed strong the whole fight. Sergio just had a bad night and it looks like his time is up or he needs to make some adjustments, great point Amayseng. It's very unfortunate because he was a late bloomer but his style relied on his athleticism. But I still think with the proper adjustments he can make things work.

Floyd, Manny, and Cotto would all have had tough nights with Sergio, and if I'm not mistaken all 3 of him ducked him in the past.

Carmine Cas says:

The Garden was so loud in the 1st round my hearing went numb.

Carmine Cas says:

Martinez did get it handed to him no doubt. But I do think he got old and the injuries had taken a toll on him entering the ring. That was not the same Martinez that we saw for 11 rounds against Chavez just two years ago. Nonetheless, it was a great performance by Cotto and he is the Middleweight Champion of the world.


He definitely has diminished, we'll see what he does next. RG are there any remedies you can suggest for his ailments?

deepwater2 says:

He definitely has diminished, we'll see what he does next. RG are there any remedies you can suggest for his ailments?


Sergio doesn't have his ultra fast reflexes anymore just like Roy Jones lost his. Once they are gone they are gone. If I wasn't at the Hall I would have been there for sure. A Cotto fight at the Garden is something special.

deepwater2 says:

Remember= " My Knee is 100%." But he has to wear a brace. Translated= My knee is f'ed up and I cant move the way I want. Shadowboxing in the Modell's showroom is a big difference then fighting a jacked up- well fed, Cotto at the Garden.

Carmine Cas says:

Sergio doesn't have his ultra fast reflexes anymore just like Roy Jones lost his. Once they are gone they are gone. If I wasn't at the Hall I would have been there for sure. A Cotto fight at the Garden is something special.


Very similar to Roy, great point. Super athleticism is a gift and a curse when it's base of your game plan.

stormcentre says:

Remember= " My Knee is 100%." But he has to wear a brace. Translated= My knee is f'ed up and I cant move the way I want. Shadowboxing in the Modell's showroom is a big difference then fighting a jacked up- well fed, Cotto at the Garden.


"Jacked Up"?

Is that something you really believe or just a term of speech for the forum.

It's the first time I have heard anyone refer to Cotto as being assisted and I am interested for those reasons.

Do you really believe it?

Or have I misinterpreted your post?

Carmine Cas says:

"Jacked Up"?

Is that something you really believe or just a term of speech for the forum.

It's the first time I have heard anyone refer to Cotto as being assisted and I am interested for those reasons.

Do you really believe it?

Or have I misinterpreted your post?


I think he just meant energized by the crowd and the moment.

deepwater2 says:

"Jacked Up"?

Is that something you really believe or just a term of speech for the forum.

It's the first time I have heard anyone refer to Cotto as being assisted and I am interested for those reasons.

Do you really believe it?

Or have I misinterpreted your post?


Is jacked up a steroid reference? No way did I mean that. I meant Cotto is fully energized , at full strength and ready to go because he didn't have to cut weight.

Radam G says:

Martinez did get it handed to him no doubt. But I do think he got old and the injuries had taken a toll on him entering the ring. That was not the same Martinez that we saw for 11 rounds against Chavez just two years ago. Nonetheless, it was a great performance by Cotto and he is the Middleweight Champion of the world.


It was the same Ser-Mart. The Son of a Legend trained only a few days for the scrap, was not in shape, didn't shift punch, matter of a fact he barely punched until the very last round, and almost got S-M outta there with those shift punches. Go holla at the last round again and see it for yourself.

Pass me no attention. Like the GOAT Ali use to holla: "The films don't lie!" But delivered inattention blinds can creep in. Holla!

Radam G says:

"Jacked Up"?

Is that something you really believe or just a term of speech for the forum.

It's the first time I have heard anyone refer to Cotto as being assisted and I am interested for those reasons.

Do you really believe it?

Or have I misinterpreted your post?


D2 is hitting you with some mainland USA slang, Storm. "Jack up" is the same as "pepped up" on a metaphoric can of whup-@$$. Hehe! Holla!

Carmine Cas says:

Cotto caught Martinez at the perfect time; when he slowed down.

stormcentre says:

Is jacked up a steroid reference? No way did I mean that. I meant Cotto is fully energized , at full strength and ready to go because he didn't have to cut weight.


OK - cool.

Thanks for that.

The Shadow says:

Cotto caught Martinez at the perfect time; when he slowed down.


Indeed. I wouldn't favor that version of Martinez over any of the top middleweights; in fact, Scott Christ at Bad Left Hook just wrote a nice column about that.

But man, does that dude have heart.

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