Sergio: "Come June 7, Cotto Will Be Evicted From Madison Square Garden"

BY The Sweet Science ON June 02, 2014
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Sergio Martinez Blog, Part 4

June 2, 2014

Question for Sergio Martinez - Great Argentine fighters like Carlos Monzon and Oscar Bonavena fought at Madison Square Garden. You have fought at the Theater at MSG, but how important is for you to continue that tradition of great Argentine fighters performing at the mecca of boxing?

A: It has been a major dream of mine to fight at Madison Square Garden in the big room. I never would have imagined that I would be headlining a main event over there if you asked me that 10 years ago. To fight at Madison Square Garden where great Argentinean boxers fought like Oscar Bonavena and Carlos Monzon is the grandest honor that any Argentinean boxer could possibly have.

The Argentinean community in New York has always been very supportive of me, and I expect an incredible atmosphere similar to a world cup soccer match. Miguel Cotto says Madison Square Garden is his home, but come June 7th he will be evicted and I will prove that I am one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world.

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deepwater2 says:

Sergio sure sounds like a bully. It's ironic that he is a spokesman for some sort of anti bullying outfit.
Cotto on the other hand says he puts in his work , expects to win and acts like a professional.
Roy Jones had great reflexes and put on spectacular performances until one day he didn't .
Sergio is at that same place Roy was when his reflexes went.
The signs are there. Round 12 of the Chavez fight was a sign. The entire second half of the Murray fight is a sign. The inactivity ,the injuries to the things that let Sergio be mobile is a sign.
Cotto at MSG is something special. It is an advantage for Cotto .
Height ,weight , and reach can be an advantage if used properly.
Sergio has an unorthodox style that doesn't factor in with the height and weight.
Sergio pot shots from the outside and leaves his head out in the open.
Cotto can use his size as an advantage to get in and out and disrupt Sergio's rhythm.
If you can't tell I'm going all in with Cotto.

oubobcat says:

It is officially Cotto-Martinez fight week.

The only way I see Cotto winning is if the injuries Martinez has suffered in the past have not healed or flare up during the fight. Specifically, the knee which has been damaged in his last two bouts.

If Martinez if healthy or even 85-90%, I think he wins easy. Cotto has trouble with fighters who can move and know how to use the ring. The Austin Trout fight has been brought up several times and is an excellent example. In that fight, Cotto was unable to cut the ring off and Trout was able to do as he pleased from the outside.

Martinez is a good athlete let alone boxer. If healthy, I think this fight resembles the first 11 rounds of the Chavez fight. Martinez boxing and countering, in and out all night long.

However if that knee is not healed, Martinez's movement will be impacted. This will give Cotto an excellent chance. Martinez is vulnerable to a straight right hand and left hook to the body. Cotto, of course, throws a vicious left hook dowstairs which would hamper Martinez's movement even more.

Here is my thought...Martinez will enter the ring close to 100%. He rushed back in the ring after the Chavez fight and the knee was not healed. That impacted him big time in his last bout. This time, he has allowed the knee the proper time to heal. His movement may not be what is was a few years ago but will still be enough to befuddle Cotto. I expect Martinez to dominate and win 10 or 11 rounds on his way to a clear cut unanimous decision victory.

michigan400 says:

Cotto is one tough dude when he has a good training camp and isn't facing someone with cement in their gloves. If Sergio can't take him out early, or at least cut him up real bad, I think the body punches from Cotto will start to wear him down and get Cotto the decision or a late stoppage.

Skibbz says:

It is officially Cotto-Martinez fight week.

The only way I see Cotto winning is if the injuries Martinez has suffered in the past have not healed or flare up during the fight. Specifically, the knee which has been damaged in his last two bouts.

If Martinez if healthy or even 85-90%, I think he wins easy. Cotto has trouble with fighters who can move and know how to use the ring. The Austin Trout fight has been brought up several times and is an excellent example. In that fight, Cotto was unable to cut the ring off and Trout was able to do as he pleased from the outside.

Martinez is a good athlete let alone boxer. If healthy, I think this fight resembles the first 11 rounds of the Chavez fight. Martinez boxing and countering, in and out all night long.

However if that knee is not healed, Martinez's movement will be impacted. This will give Cotto an excellent chance. Martinez is vulnerable to a straight right hand and left hook to the body. Cotto, of course, throws a vicious left hook dowstairs which would hamper Martinez's movement even more.

Here is my thought...Martinez will enter the ring close to 100%. He rushed back in the ring after the Chavez fight and the knee was not healed. That impacted him big time in his last bout. This time, he has allowed the knee the proper time to heal. His movement may not be what is was a few years ago but will still be enough to befuddle Cotto. I expect Martinez to dominate and win 10 or 11 rounds on his way to a clear cut unanimous decision victory.


I agree, and I think Freddy's been trying hard to teach Cotto how to better cut off the ring and attack. He better have had great sparring with some young guys or he'll never be able to work the plan. If Martinez starts landing for free on the outside for a few rounds Cotto will get frustrated.. He's going to start being more aggressive and making mistakes until Martinez catches him and he drops. I wouldn't be shocked if we see Cotto go down in front of his fans KO'd.

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