NEW YORK (June 6, 2014) – One day before three-division world champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico MIGUEL COTTO challenges World Boxing Council (WBC)/The Ring middleweight champion and Argentina’s favorite son SERGIO "Maravilla" MARTÍNEZ, opinions are flying on who will emerge victorious. Below, please find some select celebrity predictions. Cotto vs. Martínez will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View,Saturday, June 7, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, from the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden.
“Both are excellent fighters. And most have Martinez winning this match. And no disrespect to Sergio - who I love, but are you kidding me? How can I not root for my fellow Boricua?! I'd be run outta town! Win, lose or draw, Miguel Cotto!”
“I've met both of these incredible fighters with such a wonderful demeanor outside the ring and the question is who has the most boxing ingredients left at this point in their career? Sergio always will have that power which never leaves a boxer even past his prime and Cotto will always have that knowledge to break down an opponent during the fight. A slight edge to Cotto but don’t bet the house. Good luck to two great fighters and decent men!”
Sugar Ray Leonard
“I am a big Cotto fan. I think he's out-matched in this fight. He's the smaller guy plus his hand speed isn't faster. I'd love for Cotto to beat this guy but I don't think it's going to happen.”
“Sergio by close decision. He must use his smarts or Cotto will take it.”
“Martinez will take it. He's bigger, stronger, and more physical.”
“This will be a defining moment for Cotto. If he gives his absolute best and uses everything he has learned from his experience in boxing he will give a great account of himself. I would like to see him do well because he has gotten some bad breaks in his career. He is going to have to cut Martinez off in the ring because is a great mover. He's like a tango mover when he boxes. My personal opinion I think this is going to be one of the greatest fights of the year. I am looking forward to taking my wife on a great date night to celebrate our fifth anniversary.”
“It is an interesting fight for the boxing world and also for Team Cotto. Cotto should win by decision.”
Promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions, Top Rank®, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing, in association with Maravilla Box, PS4, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Cotto vs. Martínez World Middleweight Championship event will take Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden. It willbe produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET /
6:00 p.m. PT.
Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico, who has sold more tickets to The Garden than any other fighter in this millennium, will attempt to become Puerto Rico’s first four-division world champion while Martínez (51-2-2, 28 KOs), of Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, who has never lost a world championship fight, defends the title he first won in 2010. Both gladiators boast a combined record of 89-6-2 (59 KOs) – a winning percentage of 92% and a victory by knockout ratio of 66%.
HBO will present both episodes of “24/7 Cotto/Martínez” back-to-back Friday,June 6 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday June 7 at 11:30 a.m. All times are ET/PT.
Face Off: Cotto/Martínez HBO Replay Schedule (All times ET/PT):
June 6 (8:00 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.) and 7 (10:30 a.m.)
Remaining tickets to the Cotto vs. Martínez world middleweight championship event, priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50, can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.